Thorpe Langton


Description in 1877:
"LANGTON-THORPE, a township in Church-Langton parish, Leicester; 3½ miles N by E of Market-Harborough. It has a post-office under Market-Harborough. Real property, £1,947. Pop., 120. Houses, 36. A church is here, as a chapel to Church-Langton; is a small old edifice, comprising nave, aisles, chancel, and S porch, with pinnacled-tower and octagonal spire; and was about to be restored in 1864, at a cost of £1,000."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Walesn, 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 was dedicated to Saint Leonard.
  • The church was built in the early Norman period during the 12th century.
  • The church was restored in 1868 by the Hanbury charity.
  • The church was restored again in 1883-84.
  • The church seats 112.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of St. Leonard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1606.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie just 4 miles north of Market Harborough, just off of the A6 trunk road. Thorpe Langton may be considered a suburb of Market Harborough. The parish is 14 miles southeast of Leicester city and is bound on the west by the Grand Union Canal and on the south and east by the River Welland. The parish covers 1,175 acres.

The parish is almost purely residential and the village is home to the Baker's Arms pub. If you are planning a visit:

  • Directions to the Baker's Arms pub will also bring you to the heart of the village.
  • Check with Langton Brewery to see if they are giving tours of the facility.
You can see pictures of Thorpe Langton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In the 1800s and early 1900s, much of the parish was pasturage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP740924 (Lat/Lon: 52.52446, -0.91073), Thorpe Langton which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an cncient chapelry and township in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • In March of 1885, the parish did a land swap with East Langton Civil Parish where it gained Vendy's Lodge for other parcels.
  • On that same day it gave up Caudwell to Welham Civil Parish and gained a portion of West Langton Civil Parish in return.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union when the parish was formed in 1866.
  • The Market Harborough Workhouse was in this parish.


Year Inhabitants
1841 160
1861 120
1871 127
1881 83
1891 108
1901 106
1911 103
1921 83
2001 171


  • The webpage author could find no listing of a school at Thorpe Langton.