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"Langar-cum-Barnston Parish lies betwixt the Smite rivulet and the Leicestershire border, and includes the neighbouring villages and lordships of Langar and Barnston, which form but one manor and township, containing 315 inhabitants and 3,820 acres of strong fertile land, partly on red marl, but principally upon the lias limestone. The arable land has been drained about 18 inches deep. It is a freehold and tithe-free estate, all of which belongs to John Wright Esq., except three farms in Barnston, and 400 acres allotted to the rector at the enclosure, in lieu of tithes. Langar is a small but pleasant and well-built village, and has been consideranly improved by the present lord of the manor. It lies 4 miles south by east of Bingham. Thoroton, in 1677, says Langar Hall, and nearly the whole of the parish, have lately become the estate of Mr Howe, who made a convenient park of the closes around the mansion, and stocked it well with deer. The hall was subsequently nearly all rebuilt, and ornamented with a handsome portico and pediment, with six lofty Ionic pillars the height of the house, which is in three storeys, but is now unoccupied, and a great deal of it has been taken down since it was puchased by the present lord of the manor, John Wright Esq., who bought it in 1818 of the late Lord Howe, and has since divided the Park, and cut down all its fine timber." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • St. Andrew, Church Lane, Church of England
  • St. Mary, Main Road, Barnston, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 853
1861 R.G. 9 / 2484
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717


  • St. Andrew, Church Lane, Church of England
  • St. Mary, Main Road, Barnston, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Langar area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church was built prior to 1517.
  • Kate JEWLL has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Church Nave on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1595 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham No. 1.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Langar is a small village and a parish near the border with Leicestershire. It lies 120 miles north of London, 4 miles southeast of Bingham and 12 miles southeast from the city of Nottingham. The parish covers 3,870 acres and includes the village of Barnston.

The village of Langar stands at the south end of the "Vale of Belvoir". The village of Barnston(e) stands only 3/4 mile east of Langar along the road to Elton. Barnston(e) offers some great views over the Vale of Belvoir. The Smite rivulet runs past the northern border of both villages. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 east out of Nottingham to Bingham, At Bingham, turn south and drive 4 miles until you reach Langar.
  • Tony BACON has a photograph of the utilitarian Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.
  • The village of Barnston(e) lies north-east of Langar. You will want to turn left just before Langar to reach Barnston(e)
You can see pictures of Langar which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Langar has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • A village feast is held in Langar on the second Sunday after Whit-Sunday.
  • This place was the home of the gallant Admiral Earl HOWE.
  • For more on the history of Langar and Barnston(e), see The Langar cum Barnstone Parish Council


  • Kate JEWLL has a photograph of the former Langar Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK724345 (Lat/Lon: 52.903048, -0.925036), Langar which are provided by:

Military History

  • RAF Langer opened in 1942 just south of the village and was originaly used by Bomber Command, It later served primarily as a troop carrier transport airfield. It served units from the RAF and the USAAF.
  • Starting in 1952 the Royal Canadian Air Force used the field until 1963.
  • After 1963, the field was partly used by private industry and partly as a British Parachute School.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the Parachute School in action on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Langar Airfield War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2011.
  • The parish War Memorial is just inside St. Andrew's churchyard's main gate, to the right. It is almost 14 feet tall and was dedicated in 1919.
  • Inside the church, on two of the pillars, are the Rolls of Honour for those who served in both World Wars.
  • There is a seat in the churchyard dedicated to the men of RAF squadron 207 who died in World War II. There is also a Book of Remembrance for the squadron inside the church.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Nottinghamshiore and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • Barnston(e) was and is a chapelry in this parish.
  • The parish was in the Bingham Wapentake (or Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Langar cum Barnstone Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 266
1851 316
1861 320
1871 356
1881 425
1891 401
1901 485
1911 453


  • A National School was built at Langar in 1842.