The village’s “secret” however is that it was chosen to be the centre of government should Napoleon invade and London be evacuated. A major military complex was built (still there but I have not yet visited) where arms could be stored and the king and government find refuge. It was chosen because it was about as far from the sea as you can get in England. I can only assume this provided a fair amount of employment because there is little else that would seem to provide employment locally for such a number of houses.
If you are in the village there is a fascinating (well I found it so!) small architectural salvage yard and just down the A5 “Good Timber” an excellent farm shop selling woodturning tools and wood (one of my interests).
In 1770 William Wills married Emma Wills (that’s what the register says) and they were my 7th great grandparents. I have made little progress with the Wills or Mary Hawing who their son William married in 1725 so if you know anything about these families please let me know: