Langham, Norfolk

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Langham
Village Sign, Langham, Norfolk, 24th March 2009.JPG
Langham Village sign
Langham is located in Norfolk
Langham
Langham
 Langham shown within Norfolk
Area  7.07 km2 (2.73 sq mi)
Population 399 (2001 census)
   – density  56/km2 (150/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG000410
   – London  126 miles (203 km) 
Civil parish Langham CP
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HOLT
Postcode district NR25
Dialling code 01328
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°55′53″N 0°59′10″E / 52.93139°N 0.98602°E / 52.93139; 0.98602

Langham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 14.7 miles west of Cromer, 27.2 miles north north west of Norwich and 126 miles north north east of London. The village lies 5.2 miles west north west of the town of Holt. The village is 2 miles inland from the North Norfolk Coast. The village is on the B1156 Blakeney to Sharrington road. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

This is a beautiful area and about 60% of Langham lies within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Langham is a small village but still manages to maintain a good community spirit and events are held throughout the year, mainly centred on the Parish Room. Every other year the last Saturday in July sees the Langham Street Fayre when the main road is closed to through traffic and is lined with stalls and entertainments. The most recent Street Fayre was on Saturday 28 July 2012 so the next one should be in 2014. Details on all village activities and news can be found on the village website.

History[edit]

Langham has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[2] In the great book Langham is recorded by the name ‘’Lagaam’’, and “Lang(a)ham” . The main tenant being Bishop William. The survey also notes that there are 2 churches and this is reflected by the double dedication of the remaining 14th century church of St Andrew and St Mary. The church lies at the centre of the modern village by the junction of the main roads through the village.

The history of Langham is outlined in Aspects of Langham 2004.[3] that is still available, details on the village website.

Langham Hall is a Grade II-listed Georgian country house.[4]

Langham had an RAF Airfield during WWII and the remains of the runway and airfield buildings still remain along the road to Cockthorpe. The most intriguing of the remaining buildings a strange black hemisphere - the Langham Dome Trainer. This is the youngest Ancient Monument in Norfolk and has its own website.

A brief history of RAF Langham has been published.[5] and has been revised recently and is available on the village website.

Notable people[edit]

Frederick Marryat, (1792 – 1848) was a naval officer and a novelist. He settled in Langham in 1848. His best known work is the novel Children of the New Forest which he published in 1847. He is now known for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy. Marryat is buried in the parish church yard. Stephen Rippingall, son of the vicar in the 1850s was a first class cricketer and a first class rower, who died young and is buried in the church yard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  2. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 191 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  3. ^ Aspects of Langham, A Norfolk Village, E van Damme & D E Honer, 2004, Private Publication
  4. ^ "Langham Hall, Norfolk". Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ RAF Langham 1940 - 1958, A Brief History with RAF Weybourne, Len Bartram, Private Publication 2012

External links[edit]

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