Langton Matravers

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Langton Matravers
Langton Matravers, parish church of St. George - - 452371.jpg
Parish church of Saint George
Langton Matravers is located in Dorset
Langton Matravers
Langton Matravers
Location within Dorset
OS grid referenceSY999788
Civil parish
  • Langton Matravers
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSWANAGE
Postcode districtBH19
Dialling code01929
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°36′32″N 2°00′22″W / 50.6089°N 2.0061°W / 50.6089; -2.0061Coordinates: 50°36′32″N 2°00′22″W / 50.6089°N 2.0061°W / 50.6089; -2.0061

Langton Matravers (/məˈtrævərz/) is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck, in the county of Dorset in the south of England. It is situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Swanage town centre and 5 miles (8.0 km) south-east of Corfe Castle. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 381 households and a population of 853.[1]


The name Langton stems from "long town", and is first attested in 1206, as Langeton. Matravers stems from the name of John Mautravers who owned the land there in 1281[2], and ultimately originates from the French "mal traverse".

The Old Malthouse was a preparatory school for boys and, more recently, girls which was founded in 1906, but closed in 2007. Two other preparatory schools Durnford School and Spyway used to be located in the village. Both Durnford and Spyway were closed earlier; Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, was educated at Durnford.[3]


Langton Matravers is the major part of an electoral ward called Langton. This stretches south to the English Channel and includes Worth Matravers. The total population for the ward at the 2011 census was 1,491.[4] For governmental purposes it lies within the Purbeck local government district, the South Dorset constituency of the House of Commons and the South West England constituency of the European Parliament. The first Langton Matravers Parish Council was elected in 1894.



The village is home to St. George's first school which was established at the end of the 19th century.


The village is within walking distance of the Jurassic Coast. The Purbeck Folk Festival is held annually at a farm near the village.

Field studies centre[edit]

Leeson House, a Grade II listed 19th-century house, is a field studies centre located in the village, it was a pre-prep school for younger boys until the 1960s.


Langton Matravers Museum

Langton Matravers Museum is located in St George's Close, behind the parish church of St George. The museum focuses on the quarrying industry (of Purbeck Marble and Purbeck Limestone) which has historically been important for the village. The museum occupies a former coach house, and houses approximately 25,000 artefacts.


  1. ^ "Area: Langton Matravers (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.287
  3. ^ "Bond 'based on Elizabethan spy'". BBC. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  4. ^ "Langton ward 2011". Retrieved 27 February 2015.

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