These photos were taken during a trip to the UK in July 2005 – my first visit to Wing! Unfortunately it was raining, but it was still exciting to see the village.
This building was the almshouses, a block of 8 homes that you might have seen in mentioned in the census records of the 1800s. The official name was the Dormers Hospital. While the plaque has the founding date as 1596, directories from the 1800s had the date as 1516 or 1562. The block (a Grade II listed building) has now been converted to four private homes.
The intersection of High Street and Vicarage Lane was known as The Cross, and still has its lovely trees in the middle. Wantage House, which dates from 1843, is the building peeking out from the right hand side of the trees. In the view down Vicarage Lane you see one of the Rothschild cottages (built around 1895) on the right hand side.
In 1873 the Rothschild family purchased Ascott House, and the existing farmhouse was significantly enlarged and altered. Leopold de Rothschild used Ascott House as a hunting base.