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St Mary the Virgin, Langham

 

 

 

 

St Mary the Virgin, Langham

 

A new Church website opens at   www.lb-churches.co.uk. This is for Langham with Boxted and will give you, amongst other information, the times and places for church services for the coming month.

 

Langham with Boxted Parish Profile

 

 

 

 

The oldest parts of the church date from no earlier than the 12th century but its proximity to what is now Langham Hall suggest that it stands on the site of a Saxon foundation. It would be logical to think that the adjacent Church Farm was the parsonage but in fact the parsonage was on a separate manor to the south at what is now Glebe Farm.

   

The walls of the church are mostly of pebble-rubble with much iron pudding-stone in the extended chancel; dressings are of oolite and limestone. Parts of the north wall of the chancel and nave are of 12th century construction, while the lower part of the tower is 13th century. Early in the 14th century the whole church was remodelled: the chancel was extended and its arch widened asymmetrically to meet the splayed south wall.

   

There are six bell which are regularly rung:

 

Treble,

2nd,

3rd

4th

5th

Tenor

 

Note E

Note D

Note C

Note B

Note A

Note G

 

J.Taylor, Loughborough 1897

Thomas Mears, London 1801

Thomas Mears, London 1842

Miles Graye I ("the prince of founders") Colchester 1618

John Warner, London (recast) 1882

John Waylet and J.Taylor, Loughborough (recast) 1906

 

  

In the north west corner of the churchyard there is a well proportioned little building erected by Dr Hurlock (Curate 1803-31 and Rector 1831-47) in 1832. Originally a girl's school on weekdays and a resting place for the poor and infirm between services on a Sunday, it was used as a Sunday School room until the late 1950s.

 

INCUMBENTS:

The Rectors of Langham of whom there is record of:

1258

Nicholas de Rumsey

1565

Robert Brecher

1312

Richard de Ely

1571

Robert Porter

1317

Hugh de Granstete

1572

Thomas Ferrar alias Oxford

1329

Edmund de Neville

1607

John Ferrar

1329

Henry de Southchurch

1649

Thomas Seaborne

1333

William Harding

1669

Robert Grove

Robert de Lech

1670

Antony Warton

1362

Bartholomew Dikes

1675

Jacob Nurth

1410

Richard at Hoo

1714

Thomas Bradshaigh

1430

John Smith

1752

Talbot Lloyd

1441

GeradusThonyn

1769

Matthew Woodford

1445

John Palmer

1780

John Fisher

1457

Nicholas Strangman

1807

Edward Dowdeswell

1469

Robert Crane

1831

James Thomas Hurlock

1482

William Duffeld

1847

James Chauncy Ellis

1483

Richard Fenrodyr

1887

Thomas Stamford Raffles

1498

William Tring

1914

Charles Selwyn Ward

George Sanford

1946

Harold William Sparling

1509

John Gravely

1955

Albert Edward Clayton

1312

William Morcott

1959

Frederick Percy Bates

1514

John Hewes

1962

Bernard Whitworth Harrison

1528

Robert Kendall

1975

Horace William Nesling*

1536

William Grace

1978

Robert Charles Poston*

1537

George Clayton

1981

Douglas Lancashire

Otho Rumpelli

1992

John Cardell-Oliver

2003

Timothy Bull

*Priest in Charge

 

 

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