He was the local historian for Melton Mowbray where he was born, and presented papers to the Leicestershire Archeological Society. One of the lecturers to the Society deserving of special mention, Vincent Wing had architecture in his blood. He was from the ancient family of Wing of North Luffenham and Market Overton, County Rutland; and of Thorney in the Isle of Ely, County Cambridge. His grandfather, who rebuilt King’s Norton church in 1760 –1775, was we are told “not only an architect by profession, but an architect strongly imbued with a love for his art at a time when its true principles were little understood.” A founding member of the Society in 1855, between 1856 and 1878 Vincent contributed twelve papers to the Society’s Transactions. Four of them were on the great church in his own town of Melton Mowbray, which he specially loved. Wing’s role was that of a well informed critic, who did not hesitate to speak out. His papers help us to understand the frame of mind in which so many of the educated “restorers” of church fabric went to work in Victorian England. We often deplore their restoration. Wing’s own church suffered cruelly from it. To realise what these restorers were fighting against, one has only to read Wing’s short paper “Church Vandalism”, written in 1872. Here he treats with scathing and “righteous humour” the atrocities perpetrated on the Galilee porch at Melton, explaining why this beautiful structure is now so dull and lifeless. Vincent Wing married Mary Ann Bennett on 17th June 1830 at Pickwell with Leesthorpe, Leicestershire. In 1861 they lived at Park Terrace, Melton Mowbray by which time Vincent was a retired grocer aged 58 and their daughter was 28. They had two servants. In 1871 Mary Ann and her daughter were visiting her sister Elizabeth Bullock in London. In 1881 Mary Ann 77 was living on lands and dividends and living at Park Road, Melton Mowbray with her unmarried daughter Elizabeth 48 born at Melton Mowbray, and her nephew Alfred Bennett’s wife Elizabeth Bennett was visiting them. Mr. Vincent Wing, gentleman died at his residence, Park Road, Melton Mowbray on 4th September 1879. [d.notice] His estate was worth £8000 and was left household effects and furniture to his wife or daughter and "all other property to Rev. George Bright Bennett of St. Peters vicarage, City of Hereford and Alfred Bennett of 57 St. Paul's Square, Birmingham, manufacturer (they being my wife's nephews) and George Newton Wing of Market Place, Melton Mowbray, chemist (he being my own nephew)", executors, upon trust. The income was to be paid to his wife for life and after her death for the daughter. After the death of both the property was to be sold and £2000 given to the brother Thomas Newton Wing. If the daughter has married and died then provision for her children and husband. If she is not married then £1000 for the sole benefit of any female friend who shall have lived with her as companion up to the time of her decease. The residue to the brother Thomas Newton Wing, but if he should be dead without issue then to the surviving children of the sister Elizabeth Bell. A codicil makes provision for repairs to the house during the lives of the wife and daughter and declares that the nephew Arthur Latimer Wing shall have no pecuniary benefit from the will and the provisions of the will are to be carried out as if the said Arthur Latimer Wing were not one of the brothers children. A second codicil gave legacies to two neices Phebe Maria Bell and Mary Elizabeth Gray.
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1861 to 1881 census. Will and codicil, 1879.
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