East Langton


Description in 1871:
"LANGTON (EAST), a township, with a village, in Church Langton parish, Leicester; adjacent to the Market-Harborough and Leicester railway, 3½ miles N of Market-Harborough. Acres, 994. Real property, £2,840. Pop., 303. Houses, 73."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Market Harborough sub-district of the Market Harborough Registration District.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 589
1861 R.G. 9 / 2251
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and is the "mother church" for the Langton parishes.
  • The church was built before 1615.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1866.
  • The church seats 287.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1581 for baptisms, 1654 for marriages and 1651 for burials.
  • Another source quotes a date of 1569 for the start of the register.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).
  • A Congregational chapel was built here in 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

East Langton is a parish, a township and a village in Leicestershire, close to the route of the old Roman Road that runs southeast out of Leicester. It is about 86 miles north of London, 12 miles south-east of Leicester city and 4 miles north of Market Harborough. The parish covers 1,055 acres and includes all of the township of East Langton.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the B6047 arterial road north out of Market Harborough. East Langton will be just off the road to the east.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Langton Crossroads where the B6047 forces a decision. This photograph, on Geo-graph, was taken in October, 2007.
You can see pictures of East Langton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish was largely used for grazing land.
  • In 1894 Mr. John W. LOGAN built the Village Hall.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of The Bell public house, on Geo-graph taken in October, 2007.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP726926 (Lat/Lon: 52.526091, -0.931606), East Langton which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • East Langton is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for an enclosure, meaning "long town".

Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient township in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866, when it was split off from Church Langton.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • On 25 March, 1885, this parish was reduced in size when the "Vendy's Lodge" area was transferred to Thorpe Langton Civil Parish.
  • On 25 March, 1885, this parish gained in size when portions of Thorpe Langton Civil Parish and West Langton Civil Parish were transferred to it.
  • In 1925 this parish gained about 63 acres when the Civil Parish borders in the area were "adjusted".

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
  • In 1898 Messrs LOGAN and HEMINGWAY opened a Cottage Home for 12 children of men who had been permanently injured on public works.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 245
1881 242
1891 225
1901 252
1911 244
1921 230


  • The chilkdren of this parish attended schools in nearby parishes until 1912.