The Church of St Peter & St Paul


St Peter & St Paul, Wing


Its name first occurs as “Wenge” in the twelfth century, and probably came from Old Norse “vengi” = “field”. The houses in Wing were built from stone quarried at nearby Barnack and Clipsham. Many are roofed with Collyweston stone slate.

The circular “turf maze” which was cut from the turf of the village green, is said to date back to medieval times, based on the fact that its design is similar to the pavement maze in Chartres cathedral and other medieval examples.

A treatment plant just outside the village treats water extracted from Rutland Water reservoir a few miles to the north.

Francis Meres (1565-1647), churchman and author, became rector of Wing in 1602 and Sir Charles Vernon Boys, FRS (1855-1944), experimental physicist, was born in Wing.


The church of St Peter and St Paul at Wing probably dates back to an aisle-less building from around 1140. Some parts of the building date from Norman times, including the south arcade of about 1150, the slightly later north arcade and the north doorway.

Until the end of the 14th century it seems likely that the church had no tower, but only a western bell-cote. The present tower was built around 1380-1400, and to make room for it, the western bay of the nave was shortened and the west responds and half an arch on each side taken down, the tower being constructed partly within the nave.

The church consists of chancel with north organ chamber and vestry, clearstoried nave north and south, north porch and west tower.

Owing to the unsafe state of the tower, the spire was taken down in 1840 and has not been rebuilt. The tower was, however, restored in 1903.

In 1875 the chancel was wholly rebuilt, the organ chamber and vestry extending its full length. In 1885 the south aisle was rebuilt, a south porch and west gallery removed, the nave restored and the north porch added.

There are memorial tablets to nine men of the parish who fell in the war of 1914-19 and a monument to Lieut. A. F. Taverner (d. of wounds, 1916).

There are five bells, the first three by Robert Taylor of St. Neots 1789, the fourth inscribed “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”, and the tenor by Thomas Newcombe of Leicester inscribed “S. Taddee”.

Two roundels of painted glass, formerly in the windows of the north aisle, are now in the vestry windows: one from the 14th century depicts the head of our Lord, the other is a yellow foliated quatrefoil on a red ground.

The silver plate consists of a cup and cover paten of 1617-18 inscribed with the names of the rector and churchwardens 1617. There is also a plated paten and a pewter flagon dated 1714.

The font has a plain octagonal bowl, chamfered on the underside, on a modern stem and base.

Churchwardens : Mr Tony Clark  01572 737511

                            Mr David Wood  01572 737465

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 , 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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