Miscellany

Most recently added entries appear at the top of this page. Dates prior to March 25th in each year before 1752 likely follow the old-style Julian calendar year but may have been converted to the new-style Gregorian calendar year. You should check the underlying record yourself to confirm the correct year.

Thomas JAKEMAN of Wing contributed £25 towards the defence of the country at the time of the Spanish Armada – his contribution was made on 12 April 1588. As found in Origins, the journal of the Buckinghamshire Family History Society, vol 1 no 1 1976.

William WINGROVE of Wing purchased a lease granting the right to collect tolls at the Leighton Buzzard market and fairs for £90 per annum in 1737. Bedfordshire Community Archives ref KK320.

“Whereas Jane the Wife of Christopher BURROWS of Wing in the County of Buckingham, Weaver, hath ever since the 10th December last eloped from her said Husband. This is to give Notice to all Persons whatsoever not to trust the said Jane with Money or Goods on her Husband’s Account, for that he will not pay any Debts she shall contract after the Publication hereof.” Classified advertisement in Post Man and the Historical Account, Tuesday 19 February 1717, Issue 11520.

There’s a discharge record for J A HAY (R781727 06/09/1939) in the Central Register of Seaman at The National Archives.

Alexander ALISCH, a merchant of Wing (not that I recognise this name at all – anyone know who he was?), was examined for bankruptcy 4 December 1865. Reported in the London Gazette and re-reported in the Daily News 8 September 1866.

It was definitely tough to run a successful business in the 19th century – more bankrupts from Wing are Thomas GARNER journeryman brewer in 1841 and George TRUEMAN (read more about him on my brickmaking page) in 1859. Remember that all of these bankrupts would have owed money to a number of Wing people, for example straw plait dealer John LENARD of Wing is listed as a creditor of straw hat manufacturer Daniel Mullett of Surrey in 1814 and farmer William Butcher of Adstock in 1815. London Gazette

On 8 May 1811 Henry FYNES CLINTON, who had inherited from Isaac GARDINER a mansion-house in disrepair at Burcott, arrived at the parsonage which he was renting from rector Charles SMELT. He used this as a base for considering the potential repair of the Burcott house and reading Greek classics – which he duly documented in “Literary Remains of Henry Fynes Clinton, Esq., M.A.” which can be read on Google Books

George HEADY, straw dyer of Littleworth Wing, was listed as an insolvent petitioner on 4 August 1854 and declared bankrupt at Leighton Buzzard on 23 August. Found in The Jurist 1855, able to be viewed online at Google Books, and the London Gazette

Thos HART, widower of Wing, is listed in the Oxford Archdeacon’s Marriage Bonds index as obtaining a licence to marry Sarah Stevens of Binsey, 1823 Index

Thomas Edward BIGGS, born 1843 son of Edward and Sophia of Mount Pleasant Farm, was a founding member of the Wingrave parish council in 1894. Wingrave village website

Robert JEEVES of “Ascutt” is a party to an assigment of lease for property in 1740 (looks like he may be subleasing Spitles Farm in Little Chesterton, Oxfordshire?) ref SL1/5D/2 on the Oxfordshire County Council Heritage search

Also parties to a lease in Oxfordshire, this time in 1639, is John and Joane BUSBY. Ref SL26/4/D/5 on the Oxfordshire County Council Heritage search

On Wednesday 28 January 1903 the inhabitants of Wing presented a clock and wine cooler to Mr Lionel Rothschild on the occasion of his reaching his majority. The Times, Friday Jan 30, 1903

Charles GATES, the eldest son of John GATES of Ascott, died in London and was buried in Wingrave in April 1863. Leighton Buzzard Observer

Joseph MEAD, yeoman of Tinker’s Hole, Wing, was a trustee of the Town Lands Charity of Harlington, Bedfordshire, 1791-1839. A2A catalogue

Removal orders of people back to Wing: Rd HITCHCOCK & family from Leighton Buzzard 1787, Thomas LOWINGS & family from Toddington 1817, Sarah BRYANT from Leighton Buzzard 1818, Jn DUNCOMBE & family from Leighton Buzzard 1827. From the Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions at Beds & Luton Records and Archive Service. A2A catalogue

Apprenticeship notice – the sum of eight pounds and Ten shillings was paid by the overseers of the poor in Ampthill on 15 Mar 1762 in respect of Thomas son of Wm MORTIMER of Wing to Rich Pangborn of Newton Longfield, cordwainer. There is also a separate entry for a settlement certificate admitting Wm MORTIMER (baker, widower with four children) to the parish of Ampthill 27 Sep 1758. Details held at Beds & Luton Records and Archive Service. A2A catalogue

Another apprenticeship notice, this one a 5-year indenture for 30 pounds paid to Mr John Young, tailor, by the Wilkes Charity of Leighton Buzzard (extract doesn’t state who the apprentice was) on 6 April 1847. Details held at Beds & Luton Records and Archive Service. A2A catalogue

Apprenticeship indenture notice dated 3 Nov 1871 of Frederick Barron GREEN, Wing, Bucks, 12 years. Father William Green deserted; mother Mary Green in the workhouse, Frederick was then resident in the workhouse. Frederick was apprenticed to William Tookey of Northampton, a boot and shoe maker. Notice held at Beds & Luton Records and Archive Service. A2A catalogue

Notice of auction of local pub Sportsmans Arms (on High Street), at the Corn Exchange, Leighton Buzzard, 17 August 1880 by Brown and Merry Auctioneers. A2A catalogue – however it looks like George Bandy continued on as publican according to local directories.

Deceased estates: Mr T HELEY 1910 – four cottages in School Lane; Mr E BIGGS 1917 – Burcott Villa in Rothschild Road plus five cottages in High Street; both auctions by Brown and Merry Auctioneers. A2A catalogue

Wing residents with gamekeepers certificates for 1827 (as published in the Windsor & Eton Express):

Thomas ADAMS
Joseph ELLIOTT
William MORTIMER
Rd JUDGE

More insolvent Wing residents: Robert COTCHING cattle dealer formerly of Burcott (1801), Richard HOUNSLOW (1843-1845) – both from A2A catalogue

A patient at the Metropolitan Asylum District Hospital in Hampstead, London in 1871 was 23-year-old William MOORS, carman born Wing (RG10/198 folio 91 pg 3).

Wing Census enumerators: Joseph CAPP (1851), Ernest George Thomas CLEAVER (1891), George CLEAVER (1881-1891), William Thomas CLEAVER (1901), John TUTTE (1851), John WHITMAN (1901), Henry Charles WINDMILL (1861-1881), John WINDMILL (1861-1871). The enumerator page for 1841 has not survived.

A thorough good cook wanted, or or about the 15th of September, for a very quiet home in the country, 40 miles from London. Must understand bread, soups, entrees, good sweets; be economical, sober, cleanly and good manager. No assistance given. Only two in family. Unexceptional character required. Wages £20 and all found. No agents need answer. Apply, in first instance by letter, to M.L. [Montagu Legge per 1871 census], Ascott-lodge, Wing, Leighton Buzzard. The Times, Thursday Aug 24, 1871

In the 1881 census William BOATWRIGHT (age 22, married coal labourer born Wing) is a patient at the Deptford Smallpox Hospital in London (RG11/0716 folio 126 pg 8)

Notice of auction to take place 5 May 1796 of an estate in Ascot, tenant Mr Wm. MENARD. Northampton Mercury

John WOOD, dairyman of Burcot Lodge, appears to have gotten himself in a spot of financial bother in 1806. Northampton Mercury

The Railway Servants Orphanage in Derby was set up to house the various children of railway workers killed in the line of duty (it was a somewhat hazardous occupation!) The following orphans from Wing and surrounds are listed:
BROWN Arthur, of Waterloo Road, Linslade, entered 1884
CLARKE Albert Edward, of Wing Road, Linslade, entered 1889
CLARKE Tracy William, of Wing Road Linslade, entered 1889

The following Wing boys were apprenticed to the currier trade:
Thomas HURNDALL son of John, husbandman, to William LATHWELL 25 Jan 1652/3
William LUCAS son of John, keeper, to George MIREHOUSE 20 Oct 1694 recd 30 Nov 1699
(extracted by Eve McLaughlin from the London Apprentice series, and published in Bucks Ancestor vol 14 No 1 March 2005).

The marriage of William WOOLHEAD and Mary GRUBB appears in the Wing parish registers 22 Oct 1775, and just to clarify Mary’s marital situation William Deacle (curate) has added this note: “Mary Grubb wife of William GRUBB who has been absent under sentence of Transportation upwards of seven years” – are there any American GRUBB descendents out there?

Also from the parish registers, the burial of Mary BONE age 51 on 25 July 1828 after her untimely death by lightning on the 22nd. Apparently her husband was also struck but recovered (reported in Jackson’s Oxford Journal 2 Aug 1828).

IGI extracted batch numbers for Wing:

  • baptisms: P014631 covers 1546-1812, C014632 covers 1813-1870, and C014633 covers 1870-1881
  • marriages: M014631 covers 1546-1812, and M014632 covers 1813-1881
  • deaths: 268 entries of deaths appear in P014631 (1546-1745)

Although these are extracted batches, please be aware that there are errors and omissions. There are 27 POLLARD baptisms from the PRs 1546-1812 but P014631 only has 18, and 28 POLLARDs from the PRs 1813-1870 but C014632 only has 21 – an omission rate of around 25%! Also note that entries in Jan to March each year before 1752 in the IGI appear to have had their years “corrected” to the new style date system.