"LANGLEY is a parish of dispersed dwellings, extending from the river Yare, southward, to within a mile of Loddon, and about 10 miles S.E. of Norwich. It has 323 inhabitants, and 2,700A. of land, of which 1,000A. are in low marshes. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a small but interesting building, with a square tower. It was thoroughly repaired by the Beauchamp family, about 1803, and its windows filled with ancient and modern stained glass, at the cost of the Dowager Lady Beauchamp. The curacy, certified at £20, and valued in 1831 at £45, was augmented, from 1772 to 1824, with £600 of Q.A.B. It is in the incumbency of the Rev. Thos. Wm. Henry Beauchamp, of Chedgrave, and patronage of Sir Wm. Beauchamp Proctor, Bart., the impropriator, owner of the soil, and lord of the manor, who resides at Langley Hall, a large and elegant mansion, in a beautiful park of 800A., chiefly erected about the year 1740, by Mr. Recorder Berney, of Norwich, and finished by George Proctor, Esq. . . . About a mile from the church is Langley Staith, with a small navigable stream, crossing the marshes to the Yare." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Langley includes Langley Street.
See also Langford. and Langham.



Church of St Michael
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Michael.

Church History

Church of St Michael
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1695-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Langley was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Langley which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Langley is in Loddon Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Loddon Hundred
Description of Loddon Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



Carpenter, S.C.
Langley with Hardley: past and present.
[ISBN 0952893207, 1996]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG356010 (Lat/Lon: 52.555533, 1.473886), Langley which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 41 51 294
1811 48 49 273
1821 54 55 349
1831 57 59 361
1841 58 -- 323
1851 59 -- 312
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 60 -- 316
1871 63 65 318
1881 71 72 308
1891 71 71 283
1901 65 65 275
1911 -- 71 289

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1901 Census
"Including Langley Green."