Langham Village sign
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|
|– London||126 miles (203 km)|
|Civil parish||Langham CP|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Langham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. 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.
Langham has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. 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. that is still available, details on the village website.
Langham Hall is a Grade II-listed Georgian country house.
The parish was the location of RAF Langham airfield during the Second World War and the remains of the runway and airfield buildings still exist along the road to Cockthorpe. The most intriguing of the remaining buildings is a strange hemisphere - the Langham Dome Trainer. This is the youngest Ancient Monument in Norfolk and has its own website.
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.
- OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
- The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 191 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
- Aspects of Langham, A Norfolk Village, E van Damme & D E Honer, 2004, Private Publication
- "Langham Hall, Norfolk". Daily Telegraph.
- Langham Dome website
- RAF Langham 1940 - 1958, A Brief History with RAF Weybourne, Len Bartram, Private Publication 2012
- Langham Village website
- Langham Parish Room website
- Langham Church
- Langham Village School website
- Langham Dome website
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