"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]
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:
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.