Wing, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates: 51°53′53″N 0°43′01″W / 51.898°N 0.717°W / 51.898; -0.717

Wing
AllSaintsChurchWing-2.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Wing is located in Buckinghamshire
Wing
Wing
 Wing shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 2,745 [1]
OS grid reference SP882229
Civil parish Wing
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Leighton Buzzard
Postcode district LU7
Dialling code 01296
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
Website Wing Village
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Wing, known in antiquated times as Wyng, is a village and civil parish in Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. The village is on the main A418 road between Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. It is about 8 miles (13 km) north east of Aylesbury, 3 miles (5 km) west of Leighton Buzzard, and 12 miles (19 km) south of Milton Keynes.

History[edit]

The Domesday Book of 1086 records the toponym as Witehunge. The name occurs in Old English circa 966–975 as Weowungum (dative plural case). It could mean:

The first syllables of the names of the nearby village of Wingrave and the nearby hamlet of Wingbury have the same etymology.[citation needed]

The remains of the temple referred to may be under the Anglo-Saxon Church of England parish church of All Saints. The BBC programme Meet the Ancestors came to Wing in 2000 and recreated the face of an Anglo-Saxon girl found buried in the old graveyard. Wing has the oldest continuously used religious site in the country, with evidence showing the site has had religious use going back well over 1300 years. The Anglo-Saxon origin of All Saints' parish church makes it one of the oldest churches in England.[citation needed]

16th century almshouses

An ancient track, part of the pre-historic Icknield Way linking Oxford with Cambridge, once passed through the village. This was used in the Middle Ages and led to an increase in the village's size, though with the advent of modern roads and motorways this is less used today.[citation needed]

As early as the 7th century there was an abbey near the village at Ascott, that had been built by an unknown member of the House of Wessex royal family and given to a Benedictine convent in Angers. The Anglo-Saxon church in Wing, dedicated to All Saints, was also built at about this time for St Birinus,[2] but evidence found in the 15th century during extensive renovations on the church suggest a Roman structure had stood on this site beforehand.[3] It is unusual among religious buildings of this age for the church and abbey to have been built apart, it was normal for them to be constructed within the same complex of buildings. One possible explanation for this is that the church was built on a pre-existing religious site, which the evidence in the village's name and in the aforementioned archeological finds seem to suggest. The church contains a number of fine monuments, including the "purest Renaissance monument of the mid-16th century" to Sir Robert Dormer (died 1552), and a wall monument attributed to Louis-François Roubiliac.[citation needed]

Wing/Wyng came to prominence in the 20th century when the location of a new London airport was being discussed, and Wing was one of the prime locations for it. A community campaign was organised, called the 'Wings Off Wing Campaign', and was successful: the airport at Heathrow was expanded instead. The disused RAF Wing is now a chicken farm but the layout of the runways can still be seen from the air.[citation needed]

Amenities[edit]

The village has two schools. Overstone Combined School is a mixed, foundation primary school for children aged 4–11. Cottesloe School is a secondary school for children aged 11–18.[4] It also has three public houses, a social club, two Indian restaurants, a Chinese takeaway which doubles as a fish and chip shop, and a police station. Ascott House, a home of the Rothschild family, is in the parish.

Transport[edit]

Wing is about 3 miles away from Leighton Buzzard railway station, which is served by London Midland and Southern trains on the West Coast Main Line, travelling to destinations such as Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London. Wing is served by buses running services between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes operated by Arriva Buses and between Leighton Buzzard and Aylesbury operated by Z&S International.

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