"LANGFORD, a parish in the hundred of Biggleswade, county Bedford, 2 miles S. of Biggleswade, its post town, and 4 north east of Shefford. It is a small agricultural village situated on the river Ivel. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £240, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a stone structure with a tower. The church contains the brass of a priest bearing date 1540. The parochial charities produce about £5 per annum. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel. Thomas Alexander Rainsford, Esq., is lord of the manor."
"BOOT END, a hamlet in the parish of Langford, county of Bedfordshire, ¾ mile south of Langford."
"FLEXMORE END, a hamlet in the parish of Langford, county of Bedfordshire, ¾ mile south east of Langford."
"WATER END, a hamlet in the parish of Langford, county of Bedfordshire, ½ mile south of Langford."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Langford can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 3, Book 3 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Church of England
- The church of St. Andrew is an unpretending but ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel and nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and a south tower containing 3 bells : there are a few ancient monuments : the church was partially restored in 1875 and was re-seated in 1884 in oak: a vestry has been erected in memory of the Rev. Henry Addington M.A. vicar 1850-71: a new organ was erected in 1885 : there are 360 sittings. The register dates from the year 1700. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here is a Wesleyan chapel, and there are charities amounting to £14 yearly, for bread and clothing. . [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for St Andrew are available on microfiche for the period 1700-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Langford parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Langford parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- A transcript of the Langford parish entries from Kelly's 1898 Directory of Bedfordshire
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Langford to another place.
- There are here three manors: the manor of Holme with Langford, of which the Dean and Chapter of Westminster are lords; the manor of Langford Rectory, of which the Hon. Mr. Justice Hawkins is lord; and the manor of Langford of which Francis John Gurney esq. is lord. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL186411 (Lat/Lon: 52.055601, -0.271666), Langford which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Langford Clock Tower and the Parish Church Memorials transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it.
- Langford History Society, founded in 1983, is a small, friendly village society.
They arrange a full programme of talks which take place in St Andrew's Church Hall in Langford and, in June and July, organise evening vistis to local places of interest.