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Church Langton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Langton Church, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands 4¼ miles N from Market Harborough, and has a station on the main line of the M.R. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office at East Langton, under Market Harborough. The parish comprises the townships of East Langton, West Langton, Thorpe Langton, and Tur Langton. Acreage, 4409; population, 629. The mother church of the parish, in the village and township of East Langton, is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and embattled western tower. It was restored in 1866 at a cost of , £3000. The living is a rectory, consolidated with the curacies of Thorpe Langton and Tur Langton, in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value,, £395 with residence. There is a valuable charity amounting to about £1000 a year, from which free schools are maintained, and which is also used for other benevolent and ecclesiastical purposes. East Langton is about 4 miles N from Market Harborough, and it has in addition to the church previously mentioned, a Congregational chapel, erected in 1881. At West Langton there is an ancient mansion of stone called the Hall, standing on a hill in a small park, the property of the Warner family. Thorpe Langton is a chapelry and township 3½ miles N by E of Market Harborough. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style; consists of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a western pinnacled tower with an octagonal spire; has an ancient font, and was restored in 1868. Tur Langton is a chapelry, township, and village 2 miles E by N from Kibworth station on the main line of the M.R., and 5¼ NW from Market Harborough. The churcli, erected in 1866, is a building of brick in the Early English style. There is also a Congregational chapeL Charles I., in his flight from the Battle of Naseby, is said to have watered his horse here at a place still called King Charles' Well.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishChurch Langton St. Peter 
Poor Law unionMarket-Harborough 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from 1581 for baptisms, 1654 for marriages, and 1651 for burials.


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is a large and ancient building of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a lofty embattled tower containing a clock and 8 bells, 4 of which are dated 1615, the remainder 1741: the chancel retains a piscina and sedilia, also all aumbry with original doors; there is another piscina in the north aisle, and a piscina and sedilia in the south aisle: the stained east window, a memorial to the Rev. William Hanbury M.A. founder of the Free School, is dated 1778: the benches are of carved oak; and the font bears the initials T. G. W. C. and the date 1662: in the south aisle is a canopied tomb with the recumbent effigy of a knight in armour, and an inscription to Sir Richard Roberts, knight, ob. October 30, 1644: the church was thoroughly restored in 1866, at a cost of £3,000, by the trustees of Hanbury's charity, under a scheme of the Court of Chancery, when an organ chamber was constructed in the chancel: a reredos in alabaster was erected in 1890, at a cost of £100, with a representation in panel of "The Last Supper:" there are 287 sittings, about half being unappropriated.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Church Langton from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE16
Post TownMarket Harborough