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Things to do in Langford, Essex

Langford is a tiny hamlet situated between Hatfield Peverel and Heybridge on the B1019.

Church © Irene Allen
Church © Irene Allen

It has been an agricultural village for centuries, but is perhaps more famous now for the Waterworks which was built in 1927 and more recently for its Museum of Power, which is housed in the old steam pumping station.

The old mill in the centre of the village is now redundant.

St. Giles Church

St. Giles the beautiful 11th Century church, is unique in England and rare in Europe in that it has a rounded western apse.

 

View of Langford © Irene Allen
View of Langford © Irene Allen

Originally it had apses at both ends, but the eastern end either collapsed or was demolished in the 16th Century.

The church was heavily restored in 1882 when a north aisle with crypt below was built to house the remains of the Byron and Wescomb families.

For more details on the church you can visit the St. Giles Langford web site.

Old Mill © Irene Allen
Old Mill © Irene Allen

Langford Grove

Langford used to have a 'great' house - Langford Grove - designed by John Johnson, who also designed the Shire Hall in Chelmsford, and Terling Place, which was the home of the Wescombs for many years.

It was also the birthplace of John William Strutt, the scientist, who won the Nobel prize for his discovery of argon.

Sadly the building fell into disrepair after it was commandeered by the army during World War II and was demolished in the 1950s.

War memorial © Irene Allen
War Memorial © Irene Allen

The only remaining 'big' house in the village is now Langford Hall, which is a beautiful rambling old house with a moated garden.

Description by Irene Allen

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