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Langton Herring

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Langton Herring is a parish and a small village close to the coast. It is 5½ miles north west from Weymouth. Its adjacent parishes are Fleet to the south east, Portesham to the north and Abbotsbury to the west with the coast and Chesil Beach to the south. The church of St Peter [left] is a small ancient Gothic building of stone, comprising chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and low square embattled west tower. The tower is 18th century but the rest of the church is medieval although it has the usual Victorian restoration. It seats 180 and the registers date from 1682.

The inhabitants of the parish are chiefly employed in fishing and agriculture. The Lord of the Manor is William Sparks Esq. he resides at Langton Herring Manor House and is the principal landowner. The soil is light clay and the chief crop is wheat with pasture. The parish comprises 1202 acres and in 1901 the population was 207. There is a post office, a coastguard station and a National School that can accommodate 75 children.

Most information above from Kelly's Directory 1895. Photographs © Lynda Mudle-Small

The Village Hall constructed in 1845

The OPC for Langton Herring is Keith Searson
Please insert the words 'OPC Langton Herring' in your subject for e-mails to Keith
Please note Keith's new email address from 4 Apr 2017

On-line data

Census 1830 Census
1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Parish Registers Baptisms
1700-1750, 1751-1799, 1796-1837
1703-1743 1835-1842

Bishops Transcripts Baptisms
Postal Directories Extract from Pigot's Directory of Dorset 1844 
Tudor Records The Tudor Subsidy of 1545
Tithe Maps The 1841 Tithe Apportionments for Langton Herring on site.
Memorial Inscriptions Memorial Inscriptions for St Peter's
Other Records Militia List 1758
Links Langton Herring is the only 'Thankful' village in Dorset, visit Hellfire Corner-The Thankful Villages for more information
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1682-1916. Marriages 1681-1842. Burials 1682-1813. Banns 1758-1808, 1823-1836.

Christenings 1682-1801, 1813-1837. Marriages 1681-1835. Burials 1682-1801.
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Langton Herring' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:- or click on the link on the left




In the centre of the village modern houses blend with the old as most construction is kept to the local yellow sandstone. Some original thatched cottages remain.


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