Langton by Spilsby

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Langton by Spilsby
Footpath and farm road, Langton by Spilsby - - 554628.jpg
Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Langton
Langton by Spilsby is located in Lincolnshire
Langton by Spilsby
Langton by Spilsby
Location within Lincolnshire
Population65 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF392704
• London120 mi (190 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSpilsby
Postcode districtPE23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′47″N 0°04′59″E / 53.213068°N 0.083077°E / 53.213068; 0.083077Coordinates: 53°12′47″N 0°04′59″E / 53.213068°N 0.083077°E / 53.213068; 0.083077

Langton by Spilsby, sometimes called Langton by Partney, is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) north from the town of Spilsby, Lincolnshire. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Sutterby.[1] From the 2011 census the population is included in the civil parish of Sausthorpe.


In 1885 Kelly's Directory described Langton by Spilsby as "a village and parish situated in a picturesque valley", and having an 1881 population of 219. Three burial barrows and human bones were discovered close to the village at Spellow Hills. The then existing Langton Hall is described as a "noble structure" of brick and stone in Elizabethan style. It lay at the north of the village overlooking "picturesque country", sheltered to the north by "beautiful woods". Parish soil is noted to be sandy, with loam and chalk on the high ground. Crops grown in the 1,287 acres (5 km2) parish were chiefly wheat, barley, oats, turnips, and seeds. A National School had been erected in 1849 – it held 60 children, and had an average attendance of 30. Commercial occupations noted were five farmers, a blacksmith, shoe maker, wheelwright, a publican at the Langton Arms public house, and a shopkeeper & carrier.[2]

Langton Hall was destroyed by fire in 1405 and rebuilt in the 1550s. The Elizabethan manor lasted until about 1817 when it too was destroyed by fire. Bennet Rothes Langton erected the last Langton Hall to the designs of James Fowler, with grounds by Veitch and Son.[3] in 1866-67, built of brick with stone dressings in the Elizabethan style. It was demolished about 1960.[4][5]

Bennet Langton (c. 1736 - 1801) of Langton Hall was a writer, scholar, and friend of Samuel Johnson.


The Round House

The parish church is a Grade I listed building,[6] and is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul and was built in 1725 of red brick after the previous church of St Peter burnt down.[4][7]

The Old Rectory, a Grade II listed mid-18th-century red-brick house, with 19th-century additions, lies 87 yards (80 m) north from the church.[8]

To the east of the church is The Round House, a Grade II listed cottage ornée built of whitewashed mud and stud, and thatched, dating from the early 19th century,[9] English Heritage defines cottage ornee as "a rustic building of picturesque design".[10]

At the north-east of the village is The Old Inn, also Grade II listed, which dates from the early 19th century, and is of whitewashed red brick. Formerly a public house it is now a private cottage.[11]


Much of the land is owned by the Langton Estate, the family having owned the place which bears their name since the time of Henry II.[1][2][12]

The ecclesiastical parish is Langton with Sutterby, a member of the Partney Group of parishes, within the Deanery of Bolingbroke.[7][13] The incumbent is the Revd Richard Benson.

The parish church is credited with being the building described by John Betjeman in A Lincolnshire Tale.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Langton by Spilsby". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 511
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 293; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram in 1989, Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09620-8
  4. ^ a b "Langton by Partney (Langton by Spilsby)". Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Langton By Spilsby". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "St Peter and St Paul, Langton by Spilsby (1063677)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b "St Peter & St Paul, Langton-by-Partney". Church of England. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  8. ^ Historic England. "The Old Rectory, Langton By Spilsby (1147540)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  9. ^ Historic England. "The Round House (1359695)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Cottage Ornee". English Heritage Online Thesaurus. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  11. ^ Historic England. "The Old Inn (1147552)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Langton Manors and Houses". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Langton w Sutterby P C C". Diocese of Lincoln. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2012.

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