Langford, Essex

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Langford
Langford is located in Essex
Langford
Langford
Location within Essex
Population161 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL838089
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaldon
Postcode districtCM9 4
Dialling code01621
PoliceEssex
FireEssex
AmbulanceEast of England
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Essex
51°44′58″N 0°39′41″E / 51.74934°N 0.66126°E / 51.74934; 0.66126Coordinates: 51°44′58″N 0°39′41″E / 51.74934°N 0.66126°E / 51.74934; 0.66126

Langford is a village at the west end of the Dengie peninsula close to Maldon in the English county of Essex. It is part of the Wickham Bishops and Woodham ward of the Maldon district.[2]

Its name is derived from the "long ford", referring to the crossing of the River Blackwater that the village grew up around.

History[edit]

The place-name 'Langford' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Langheforda. The name means 'long ford'.[3]

Langford was a possession of Beeleigh Abbey until 6 June 1536 when during the dissolution of the monasteries, King Henry VIII removed the property from the abbey's ownership.[citation needed] The Langford and Ulting railway station on the Witham-Maldon branch line was open from 1848 until 1964 when it was closed as part of the Beeching closures.[citation needed]

Religious sites[edit]

The local parish church is St. Giles. The exact age of the church is not known, but it is generally considered to be of Norman construction.[citation needed] The church was restored in 1881.[4]

Landmarks[edit]

Langford Mill on the River Blackwater

The Museum of Power is located in the former Southend Waterworks Langford Pumping Station. The museum also has a miniature railway, which offers passenger rides.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Maldon District Council, official site". Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  3. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names', p.286.
  4. ^ "The Church of St Giles, Langford - official site". Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  5. ^ "The Museum of Power Official site". Retrieved 2008-12-06.

External links[edit]

Media related to Langford, Essex at Wikimedia Commons