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Langford is a straggling and picturesque village above the Trent marsh, 3 miles north-north-east of Newark, comprehending within its parish 146 inhabitants and 1,430 acres of land, of the rateable value of £2,453.
The church, dedicated to St Bartholomew, is a perpetual curacy, of the value of £40, in the appropriation and patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge. The Rev. Joseph Mayor is the incumbent, and has about 30 acres of glebe, purchased with Queen Anne's Bounty. The church was re-pewed in 1841, at a cost of £150, raised by subscription, to which Lord Mddleton, the sole owner and lord of the manor, was a liberal contributor.
Langford Hall is a handsome, modern mansion, near the village, and is the seat of Alfred Haffenden Esq. Slingsby Duncombe Esq. sold this and Wigsthorpe estate in 1832 to Lord Middleton, till which period Mr Duncombe resided at Langford Hall.
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

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Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark-on-Trent will prove useful in your research.

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Cemeteries

The churchyard is entered from the west by a gate in an iron railing fence that runs along a medieval track that runs past the church from the deserted medieval village to the south, leading to evidence of medieval and earlier settlements to the north. The churchyard has been recently extended by the generosity of Lord Middleton and the then vicar, the Rev W. BROWN.

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Census

  • The parish was in the North Collingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1851 H.O. 107 / 2136
1861 R.G. 9 / 2476
1871 R.G. 10 / 3539
1891 R.G. 12 / 2711
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Church History

  • There was a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book, but no church is mentioned. Historians think there must have been a church here, too.
     
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
     
  • The church was built in the 13th century in the Early English style to the north of the Medieval village of Langford.
     
  • The church was built next to the Trent River, but one stormy night in 1575 there was a flood and the Trent changed its course away from the church.
     
  • Evidently the Church had been almost destroyed in the English Civil War.
     
  • Repairs were made to the Nave roof in 1685-86.
     
  • The tower contains one bell, though in 1740 it had three. The surviving bell, by Taylors of Loughborough is dated 1895 and is a recast of an earlier bell.
     
  • The church was reroofed in 1878.
     
  • Restoration was carried out in 2004 - 2007.
     
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
     
  • Tim HEATONT has a photograph of the other side of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.
     
  • Richard CROFT also has a nice view of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1696 for baptisms and burials, and from 1698 for marriages. It is in fair condition.
     
  • Also, you can search the East Trent Genealogy site for church records.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Collingham.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the North Collingham sub-district of the Newark Registration District for Civil Registration.
     
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

Langford is described, in 1881, as a "Scattered village" and a parish, near the River Trent, 3 miles north of Newark and 127 miles north of London.

This place was a Roman settlement.

The Medieval village was just north of the present village of Langford. Langford is often associated with nearby Holme village because both have small populations.

You can see pictures of Langford which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • In Saxon times most of the parish was moorland.
     
  • In the 1068 Domesday Book this place is noted as "Landeforde".
     
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Site of Langford village on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
     
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of Langford House Farm on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.
  • There is a nice potted history of Lanford at the Winthorpe Village website.
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Manors

From the Langford parish website: "One of the eldest and most beautiful of Langford's houses is "The Old Hall" owned by Mr. L. GRAMMAR. This house has been in his family for three generations being owned by Lord Middleton until 1847. The original building was built at the same time as Langford church in the 13th century. Extensions have been made to the north side of the house; here one can find an extremely large chimneystack into which many chimneys from the fires run. The stack itself is the size of a large room."

Jonathan THATCHER has a photograph of Langford Old Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK821591 (Lat/Lon: 53.122761, -0.774624), Langford which are provided by:

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Military History

The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that two men of Langford, W. J. GIBSON, a farm foreman and Sydney TOWNSEND, a labourer, had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion.

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Military Records

There is no war memorial at the church.

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Monumental Inscriptions

WAKE (1869) provides a description of the effigy of a 14th century knight in the northern part of the church sanctuary. The inscription is badly damaged.

"In the chancel lies the effigy of a mailed knight, said to have been removed thither from behind the door, on the south side of the church. Although the feet of the figure are wanting (missing) a good idea of the original work can be obtained ... Around the edge of the stone is an inscription, which, being imperfect, is difficult to decipher. But the Lion and cinquefoils on the knights surcote identify him as having been a member of the Pierpoint family, for so many years proprietors at Langford."

In the Church Chancel north wall, adjacent to the organ arch:

"SLINGSBY DUNCOMBE ESQRE
FORMERLY OF LANGFORD HOUSE
DIED AT 3 BRYANSTON SQUARE, LONDON
OCTOBER 12TH 1851
IN THE 72ND YEAR OF HIS AGE.
HIS REMAINS ARE INTERRED AT COPGROVE, CO OF YORK.

HIS WIDOW AND DAUGHTERS, IN TESTIMONY OF
THEIR LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF THE DECEASED,
AND HOPE OF REUNION WITH HIM IN A BETTER WORLD
ERECT THIS TABLET TO HIS MEMORY.

NOT LOST, BUT GONE BEFORE."

In the Church chancel south wall between first and second windows:

"IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
PATRICK RADFORD
1920 + 2007
AND
EVELYN RADFORD
1922 + 2007
OF LANGFORD HALL
BENEFACTORS OF THE CHURCH
PLACED HERE BY THEIR CHILDREN"

In the Church chancel, south wall, is an Oval shaped monument between second and third windows:

"SACRED TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
ETHEL SLINGSBY DUNCOMBE,
FIFTH DAUGHTER AND SIXTH CHILD OF
GEORGE THOMAS AND ARABELLA GEORGIANA DUNCOMBE
BY WHOM THIS TABLET IS ERECTED.

SHE WAS BORN IN LONDON JANUARY 20TH 1862,
AND DIED AT NEW MILVERTON IN THE COUNTY OF WARWICK
OCTOBER 10TH IN THE SAME YEAR.
HER REMAINS ARE LAID IN THIS CHURCH YARD.
“INTO THY HAND”
LUKE C.23 V.46"

 

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
     
  • You may contact the Langford Parish Council regarding political and civic matters, but PLEASE do NOT ask them to help you with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

The parish was "dispeopled" in 1593 in a clearance to make room for more sheep.

Year Inhabitants
1801 124
1821 147
1831 125
1851 146
1871 158
1881 167
1891 181
1901 145