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Langton Herring, Dorset

Historical Description

Langton Herring, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village is 1 mile from the Chesil beach, from which it is separated by a narrow breakwater, 3 miles from Abbotsbury station, and 2½ from Portesham station on the G.W.R., and has a post office under Weymouth; money order and telegraph office, Abbotsbury. Acreage of parish, 974; population, 207. Fishing is largely carried on. There is a coastguard station. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £70 with residence. The church is ancient, has a low square tower, and has been enlarged.

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 CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtAbbotsbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1682. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Langton Herring, 1681-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter, restored early in the 19th century, is a small edifice of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and low embattled western tower, containing 2 bells: there are two stained windows, and the church affords 90 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Langton Herring was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Langton Herring are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT3
Post TownWeymouth