Wing, Rutland

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Wing Maze.jpg
Wing's turf maze
Wing is located in Rutland
 Wing shown within Rutland
Area  1.74 sq mi (4.5 km2[1]
Population 315 2001 Census[2]
   – density  181/sq mi (70/km2)
OS grid reference SK893033
   – London 80 mi (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

Coordinates: 52°37′12″N 0°40′55″W / 52.620°N 0.682°W / 52.620; -0.682

Wing is a small village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The population at the 2001 census was 315, reducing marginally to 314 at the 2011 census.[3]


The 17th-century houses in Wing were built from stone quarried at nearby Barnack and Clipsham. Many are roofed with Collyweston stone slate.[4]

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.[5]


Its name first occurs as Wenge in the 12th century, and probably came from Old Norse vengi = "field".

Turf maze[edit]

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.[6]

Public houses[edit]

  • 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".[4] 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[edit]

  • Village Hall[7]
  • Church of St Peter and St Paul[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes, ed. (1989). The Leicestershire & Rutland Village Book. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-85306-056-4. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus, The Buildings of England - Leicestershire and Rutland
  6. ^ "RSPB Central England: Wing water treatment works". RSPB. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "The Village Hall". 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rutland Water Benefice - Wing". Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  9. ^ McCarthy, G.J. (28 June 2005). "Boys, Charles Vernon (1855 - 1944)". Bright Sparcs. The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sir Clive Loader is ready to start new police role". Retrieved 26 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wing, Rutland at Wikimedia Commons