Langham, Essex

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St. Mary's church, Langham
Langham is located in Essex
Langham shown within Essex
Population 1,036 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TM025315
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Colchester
Postcode district CO4 5
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
EssexCoordinates: 51°56′42″N 0°57′02″E / 51.945006°N 0.950489°E / 51.945006; 0.950489

Langham is a small village in the north east of Essex, England.


There is little evidence of pre Roman occupation of what is now Langham but the Romans built a villa at the north end of the village close to the River Stour and the Roman Road from Colchester into Suffolk also ran to the east of the village and so there was probably Roman activity in the area of the village.

The Anglo-Saxons later established a settlement which was possibly called Laingaham, the spelling in the Domesday Book. The Domesday Book shows a small agricultural community with the manor held by Walter Tirel, the man who was accused of shooting William Rufus while hunting for deer in the New Forest.

Langham, like most of the villages along the Stour Valley, was primarily agricultural until the 20th century, with a few large farms and many small holdings. Like the other villages it enjoyed a period of prosperity due to the cloth trade, which started at the end of the 14th century and lasted until the 17th century. The church of St Mary the Virgin dates from the 12th century.

Up to the start of the 20th century Langham would have been a reasonably self-contained community and everyday items could have been bought at the village stores or from the variety of shops in Dedham. However, the Essex Great Road from London to Norwich via Colchester, later known as the A12, ran up its east side and after the growth of the coaching routes in the 18th century it would have been possible to go to Colchester, Ipswich or even London.

During World War II a large airbase (called RAF Boxted) was built on land to the south of the main village area. Although much of the airfield has since reverted to agriculture some features and memorials remain.[2]


There are 2 schools in Langham. Langham Primary School has roughly 90-100 pupils.

Langham Oaks School[3][4] was formerly known as Ramsden Hall School.[5] The school's enrolment is 64 male pupils, the majority of whom come from Essex and the school is an Essex Maintained Community Special School.

The school is currently developing the mobile SABA App (School Anti Bullying App)[6] in partnership with Coderus.[7] Students from the school met Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in September 2015 to share their vision for reducing bullying in schools.[8][9]

In a recent OFSTED report the school (Langham Site) was judged to have many good features.[10] The School forms part of the SEAX trust [11] and is a member of ESSET (Essex Special Schools Educational Trust) [12]


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