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Langtoft, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Langtoft, a village, a township, and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the Wolds, 6 miles N by W of Driffield railway station. Post town, Driffield; money order office, Kilham; telegraph office, Driffield. The township comprises 3584 acres; population, 565. The parish contains also the township and parochial chapelry of Cottam, and comprises 6174 acres; population, 664. The manor belongs to the Gibbons family. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Cottam, in the diocese of York; net value, £364 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church has a tower of the 13th century, a nave, a chancel with sedilia, and a porch of much later date, and was restored in 1862. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, and also a church at Cottam containing an ancient font. Peter de Langtoft, the monkish poet and historian of the 14th century, was a native. Two great floods did a large amount of damage to the village-the first in 1657, a record of which has been found carved on a stone in the end of a house, and the second in 1892, when, although no lives were lost, several houses were entirely swept away.

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

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO25
Post TownDriffield