Tur Langton


Description in 1887:
"Tur Langton, township and vil., Church Langton par., Leicestershire, 5 miles N. of Market Harborough, pop. 279; P.O."
John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887".



  • 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 / 2250
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • There was a Chapel of Ease here, from the mother church at Church Langton, by 1162.
  • The chapel was reported to be "a wretched structure" in 1832.
  • In 1866, most of the old chapel was dismantled while the new church was being built.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church is built in the Victorian style.
  • The church was designed by Joseph GODDARD and built in 1865-6 on Main Street, funded by Hanbury's Charity.
  • Andrew Hill has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 20089.
  • Tim GLOVER has an excellent photograph of the Church tower, taken in August, 2009.
  • The church seats 222.
  • There are several excellent Photographs of Saint Andrew's Church.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1606.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).
  • The Congregationists had a chapel here before 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

Tur Langton is a parish, a township and a village in Leicestershire, about 87 miles north of London, 11 miles southeast of Leicester city and 5.5 miles west of Market Harborough. Kibworth parish lies to the south. The parish covers 1,350 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Tur Langton is at the intersection of Cranoe Road and Melton Road (the B6047).
  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the A6 road north-west out of Market Harborough to Kibworth Beauchamp. Tur Langton is just off the A6 to the north.
  • Andrew HILL provides a street scene of the village on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • Stop in at the Village Hall on Main street to get a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • You'll find some locals willing to chat you up at the Crown pub.
You can see pictures of Tur Langton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This place is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • King Charles, in his flight from the Battle of Naseby in July, 1645, stopped here briefly to water and rest his horse. There is still a "King Charles Well" here.
  • The parish was largely used for grazing.


  • Tur Langton Hall sits in the middle of 650 acres of rolling countryside.
  • The Manor House is an early 17th century Ashlar and brick house. It is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP714945 (Lat/Lon: 52.543682, -0.948594), Tur Langton which are provided by:


Military History

There is a photograph of the Tur Langton War Memorial Cross which was unveiled in October, 1920.


Names, Geographical

  • Apparently the name derives from two Anglo-Saxon words meaning "long town with a tower." It was "Terlintone" in the 1086 Domesday Book
    [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient township and Chapelry in the Church Langton parish of 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.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history research.
  • District governance is provided by the District of Harborough which covers the surrounding area.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1871 323
1881 279
1901 211
1911 237


  • There is no record of a school here.
  • The children of this parish attended school in nearby Kibworth.