Industries

The majority of people in Wing worked in occupations that you might expect of a large rural village – plenty of farmers and ag labs and the usual assortment of tradesmen needed to supply the village’s needs. I’ll be preparing overviews of each of those occupational groups, as well as other industries found in Wing.

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Apprenticeships

Below is a list of known apprenticeships entered into by Wing residents (either as apprentice or as master) which will be expanded as I come across further records. As a bonus, most apprenticeship records also noted the details of the apprentice’s father’s name and occupation. George ADAMS son of George Adams of Wing in the …

Brickmaking in Wing

Wing is situated on the upper edge of a band of blue marl (gault) clay that runs across Buckinghamshire. This clay is highly prized for brickmaking purposes, so it is possible that there were local brickmakers taking advantage of this for some time prior to the opening of the first commercial brickmakers in the hamlet …

Farming in Wing

As Wing is a rural village, farming was the main occupation undertaken by the male residents. From landlord to farmer to agricultural labourer, this activity was responsible for putting food on the table, both literally and fiscally. The map below shows the approximate locations of farms and farmers in the hamlets of Burcott and north …

Milling in Wing

Over Wing’s long history there have been several different mills working to meet the needs of the village. Mills were an essential part of the food economy, needed to grind wheat into flour that could then be used to bake bread to feed the population. The mills in Wing were powered by a variety of …

Strawplaiting in Wing

Straw plaiting, or creating the long lengths of plaited straw that would later be made into hats, was centred around Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and Wing is one village where many women and children were employed in the industry. Straw hats were the most popular headgear of the 19th century, being light to wear and keeping …

Sun Insurance Records

The Guildhall Library holds the historical records of Sun Insurance, including fire policies throughout the 1800s. The following Wing residents are currently listed in their index (which is a work-in-progress – you will note the entries below only cover a few years and are all farms – no pubs as yet!): John CULVERHOUSE Burcot Old …