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A History of Wing Village and its Setting 1066 - 2018
By David Seviour. Published by the author - 2019
Walker's Bookshop, Oakham, Price £15 or from the author firstname.lastname@example.org
This publication is the end-product of the work which went into the production of Wing's
Neighbourhood Plan. The associated recording of the built environment of Wing on the Wing village
website, including both listed and unlisted buildings, is to be commended as an example for every
The published book is part of a wider process in which the author and the Neighbourhood Plan
Group sought to engage with the heritage of the village in order to protect the past and enhance
the future of where they live.
The first part of the book relates the early history of the village derived from published sources as
well as other material open to public scrutiny, and the author makes some interesting observations
on the nature of the maze, long distance routes and the windmill. Although much of the
commentary is general in nature, he does intercede with connections to Wing people and buildings.
It would have been better to have more self-contained elements concerning Wing property-owning
families in discreet sections, rather than scattered through the text which unfortunately lacks an
index. The section on the seventeenth century includes occasional mentions of ‘newcomers’ and
notable families across the centuries.
The latter part of the book continues its chronological progression through the ages. But again, the
information is muddled. For example, the section on World War Two appears before that of the twentieth century. The book
concludes with interesting analysis on housing, planning and Wing’s ‘special environment’.
Some of the illustrations are a little too small, some are mis-captioned and some, which appear to be straight off the camera, would
have benefited from enhancement in Photoshop.
In conclusion, there is much useful and interesting information here, but it should have been organised into more coherent sections