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A History of Wing Village and Its Setting 1066 – 2018


From David Seviour:

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book and thank you to everyone who braved the elements on Sunday morning to attend the presentation and in many cases also purchasing a copy of the book. I’ve now completed all the pre-ordered deliveries (bar one) and fundraising for the ‘Church Fabric Fund’ and the ‘Village Hall Trust Community Fund’ from this source as a book launch event has gone well. No doubt the Festival Committee will announce financial outcomes shortly.

Remember, if you have purchased the book you have my e-mail address on its end page and I welcome any constructive feedback on its contents or any useful and related further information.

Conversations.

I’ve had a number of interesting conversations since the event and will be following up with ‘A Wing Listed Buildings Directory’ hopefully by the end of November, as well as further opportunities to buy the history book.

After the presentation, I had one very brief conversation about my comments on there likely being a post mill on the Glaston Road from an early Medieval date despite local history references only confirming that from 1634. I referred to evidence that I had read after the book had gone to print, in relation to land transactions which cited a mill in Wenge by 1209. I didn’t catch the person’s name, but he suggested that this date was too early for Windmills in England and that the reference therefore likely referred to a watermill in the valley. After the conversation I did some further checking and the experts as at 2016 say that there is good evidence of windmills (‘Molendina ad ventum’) having been introduced into England as follows; Dunwich 1199, Willingham near Beccles in Suffolk 1202, Henham in Essex 1202, Leyton Buzzard 1212, and significantly Grimsby in Lincolnshire in 1201.

Best Wishes to you all

David Seviour

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Pantomime


Joy Everitt

Hello

I am chairman of Arts for Rutland and wondered if you would be kind enough to pass this opportunity onto your contacts.

Calling all actors and crew! The Rutlanders Return is a newly written play about life in rural Rutland after the end of WW1. It is being professionally directed by Martin Berry, musically directed by Matt Marks and stage managed by Graham Ellstone. The play is being written by Andy Barrett from Nottingham and we need cast and crew.
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery, Oakham Town Council, Uppingham Town Council and Rutland WW1 committee. The material for the script has been researched by a group of local historians and is being transformed into a dramatic performance with music.
A great chance to learn from the professional team. Please come along to Oakham Scout Hut Grampian way Oakham on September 2nd at 11.30am or see A4R.org.uk for more information. Performances 25th to 28th October in Oakham, Uppingham, Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore and South Luffenham.
Contact joy.everitt@gmail.com for more details

A History of Wing


From David Seviour:

You will almost certainly know that Wing Summer Festival is due to take place on Sunday 26th August which has a whole range of events and activities pulled together for your involvement and enjoyment by the local organising committee chaired by Sally Cox.

I’ve been writing and working on the production of ‘A History of Wing Village and Its Setting 1066 – 2018’, a development of the outline work I had produced for the Neighbourhood Plan Information Weekend held earlier in the year.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that this history will be available as a book on the 26th August. It runs to 20,500 words, 66 A4 pages, and carries 73 photographs, drawings and graphics, many related to old Parish Record photographs. The price is £15 per copy and all proceeds will go to the Wing Church fabric fund and the Village Hall community fund on an equally shared basis.

There will be 300 first edition copies available by the 26th August and sales can be pre-booked on a first come first served basis, with priority to Wing Parish residents. There will be no restriction on the number of copies (within reason) purchased by each resident so non-resident family members can be covered. Hopefully, they will make a great Christmas gift!

Pre-sale bookings can be made by either sending me an e-mailed request/order or dropping a request/order note through my post-box at Dove Cottage, Middle Street, Wing. Pre-sales will be booked in date order of receipt. Matching payments can either be made to me personally in advance or on the collection of the book, both will be receipted for record purposes.

I will be giving a talk and presentation on the work at 11am until 12 noon in the Village Hall on the 26th August at which first copies of the book can also be collected.

Histories of this kind never come to an end so if you have any comments or contributions to make after reading the book please feel free to let me have them.

A companion document, ‘Wing Village: A Walk Through History’, 14 A4 pages, 5,500 words with photographs, providing a guided walk will be made available on a similar basis but in PDF format later in the year.

The book is dedicated to Wing residents and I hope you enjoy the read.

Best Wishes

David

Wing Grange circa 1900 – a happy ending!


We received this note this week and thanks to our diligent historian, Joanne Beaver, who never ceases to amaze me with her knowledge of Wing and Rutland, she was able to track down Andy’s grandmother.
Hello Wing
My sister and I are conducting some family tree research and it appears that my grandmother may have worked at the Grange in about 1900.
Can anyone tell me who, or where to look, regarding the ownership of the Grange at that time.
Thanks very much
Andy Murdock <amurd64@me.com>

Joanne:

Records show that in 1902 the Sheriff of Rutland was William Henry Neill of The Grange, Wing.

I am not sure if is the same building as I was always given to understand that Miss Brocklebank’s father had the current house and buildings built from the same consignment of bricks fired to build St Pancras station.

There is a likeness, the bricks are not typical of other brick buildings in the area.

Did you know that The Rutland Record Society  has a set of pamphlets, Rutland Records. They are all on line. Reference  Rutland Record number 8 . (1988)   is called ‘Who’s Who in Rutland’. It gives information about people like Miss Brocklebank and the Neil family.

Andy:
Thanks very much Joanne. I picked up that she bought the Grange in 1913. Do you have any idea of the owners before that?

Joanne:

The Brocklebank family owned Wing Grange. Miss Brocklebank still lived at the Grange until the 60s several Wing villagers were employed there. The son of the last gardener still lives in Wing.

They were shareholders / directors  of the railway company ( before British Rail ) that serviced this area. Manton Halt was created so that the family could ring Oakham railway  station to tell the stationmaster to have the train stop at Manton to pick them up…..what style.   You should find the correct Brocklebank via railway records, if all else fails.

Andy:
Just a note to say we found my grandmother and she was working at the Grange in 1911. We were able to track her down from the ‘Neil’ link.

The History of our Village


For you historians or people just interested in Wing in days of yore you can do no better than to look at the most authoritative history of the village (1), which can be found on the British History Online website. This is a treasure trove of information about the history of the whole of Britain.

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(1)-‘Parishes: Wing’, in A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2, ed. William Page (London, 1935), pp. 103-106. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/rutland/vol2/pp103-106 [accessed 28 April 2016].