Wing's turf maze
Wing shown within Rutland
Area 1.74 sq mi (4.5 km2)  Population 315 2001 Census - Density 181 /sq mi (70 /km2) OS grid reference - London 81 miles (130 km) SSE Unitary authority Rutland Shire county Rutland Ceremonial county Rutland Region East Midlands Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town OAKHAM Postcode district LE15 Dialling code 01572 Police Leicestershire Fire Leicestershire Ambulance East Midlands EU Parliament East Midlands UK Parliament Rutland and Melton List of places: UK • England • Rutland
The church, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, was much rebuilt in 1875, at which time the spire was removed. 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.
Beside Glaston Road, cut in the turf by the roadside, is a circular "turf maze" (actually a unicursal labyrinth, roughly 40 ft (12 m) in diameter), 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. Proposals by Anglian Water to extend the works, and increase the volume of drinking water extracted from the lake, were strongly opposed by the RSPB on the grounds that fluctuating water levels could potentially damage wildfowl habitats around the lake.
- Francis Meres (1565–1647), churchman and author, became rector of Wing in 1602.
- Sir Charles Vernon Boys, FRS (1855–1944), experimental physicist, was born in Wing.
- Thomas Smith (judge)
- The King's Arms
- The Cuckoo Inn, which closed in 2004. Its name alluded to a local legend that the people of Wing once tried to keep spring in the village forever by erecting a fence around a cuckoo to stop it from leaving. Naturally, it flew over the fence and away. As a result, people from the village were known as "Wing Fools". This is actually a widespread story, the best-known version probably being one of the adventures of the Wise Men of Gotham.
Buildings and structures
- The Village Hall
- The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
- ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/data_cube_table_page.jsp?data_theme=T_POP&data_cube=N_AREA_A&u_id=10212157&c_id=10001043&add=Y. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
- ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations". Rutland County Council. 2001. http://www.rutland.gov.uk/ppimageupload/Image27657.PDF. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
- ^ a b Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes, ed (1989). The Leicestershire & Rutland Village Book. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1853060564. http://www.kellner.eclipse.co.uk/genuki/RUT/Wing/. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
- ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus, The Buildings of England - Leicestershire and Rutland
- ^ "RSPB Central England: Wing water treatment works". RSPB. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930201707/http://www.rspb.org.uk/england/central/cons_action/sites/wing.asp. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
- ^ McCarthy, G.J. (28 June 2005). "Boys, Charles Vernon (1855 - 1944)". Bright Sparcs. The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre. http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P000250b.htm. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
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