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||80 mi (130 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Buildings and structures
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.
The remaining public house is the King's Arms. The Cuckoo Inn 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. There is a village hall.
Wing Hall has a camping and caravan site with a shop and café.
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.
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.
- 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 (1556?–1609), English judge
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Clive Loader, former Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire.
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