St Chad's Church, Longford
Longford shown within Derbyshire
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Longford is a village and civil parish in Derbyshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 349. It is 6 miles (10 km) from Ashbourne and 11 miles (18 km) west of Derby.
In 1872 the parish of Longford was described as having just over 1150 people and 220 dwellings. This parish took in the settlements of Alkmonton, Rodsley, Hollington and the "liberty" of Hungry Bentley. The first three were owned by the Coke family whilst the "liberty" of Hungry Bentley was in the possession of Lord Vernon.
The village is centred on Main Street (which becomes Longford Lane shortly thereafter) and has relatively few amenities. These consist mainly of Longford C of E Primary School (on Main Street) and The Ostrich Inn (on Long Lane), which is around 1⁄2 mile (800 m) from the nominal village centre. There is a small campsite and playing field adjacent to, and under the control of, The Ostrich Inn.
In early 2012, The Ostrich (as it is known locally) was taken over by new management and has since proceeded to provide a regular set of varied events, from motorcycle conventions, spiritualist evenings, car boot sales and live music.
- George Coke was born here in 1646 He was the Bishop of Bristol and of Hereford.
- Rev. Thomas Anson a first class cricketer was rector from 1850 to 1899.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835 retrieved 19 April 2008
- Wilson, John Marius (1870–1872). Imperial Gazeteer of England and Wales. Retrieved March 2010. Check date values in:
- Atherton, Ian (2004). "'Coke, George (1570–1646)'". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5827. Retrieved 2008-04-15. (subscription required (. ))
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