A resource for family and local history
Langton Herring is a Doubly Thankful village, because no-one On Active Service from the village died in either of the World Wars.
This website is a living project, which aims to bring to life the history of local people from the past, and to celebrate what the village now has to offer. Keep reading to learn more and please do get in touch if you can help to add to the resource, or with any questions. Read the Blog page for latest news.
DOUBLY THANKFUL VILLAGE
There is no War Memorial in the village - all returned safely. The Church porch has a record of those men and women who were in the various services - Army, Navy, RAF and Coastguards.
There are thought to be only 13 Doubly Thankful Villages in the country, and 31 Thankful Villages. The phrase was first used by Arthur Mee in his 'King's England' series of books in the 1930s. A Thankful Village, it was said, was one which lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again.
COMMEMORATING THOSE WHO RETURNED
In St Peter's Church there are lists of those who went to both World Wars and served in a variety of ways.
A Roll of Honour lists those from World War I. A plaque and list of those from World War II are also in the porch.
HISTORY, CULTURE & PILGRIM PLACES
If your idea of a perfect break is investigating your past history, discovering local culture or visiting our pilgrim places, then feel free to enjoy your time here, it's a beautiful place. Take a look at our Gallery. There are plenty of places to stay and eat - whether it's a cottage in the village, local farms, campsites, inns and B&Bs.
ABOUT LANGTON HERRING
A Dorset Parish - Langton Herring village is next to the Fleet, and Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast
Originally called Langetone, meaning long village or enclosure in Anglo Saxon times. Although there are numerous Neolithic, Bronze & Iron Age and Roman finds in this part of Dorset, the first document that mentions the village is the Domesday Book in 1086. Only later in Norman times did the name Herring get added, due to the Harang family who acquired the Manor in the 13th Century. Prior to that it had also been known as Langton Sarmonvill or Swinevill after the De Sermonville family.
Although the original Manor, which was probably behind the Village Hall (formerly the School) has disappeared, it is likely that some parts of St Peter's Church date from that time.
A new Manor House was built in the 19th Century to the north of the village, and the Church was also renovated soon after that .
Langton Cross stands in a copse at the corner of the Weymouth road, used as a waymark for pilgrims to Abbotsbury. An ancient stone probably of 14th Century origin.
The village also has an old Limekiln, in a field on the north side of the road from Langton Cross, scene of the tragic deaths of 4 boys, buried in the churchyard.
Also outside the village to the north of the Coastguards bridleway there are still signs of the medieval strip cultivation, although fields were enclosed in 1761.
LINKS OF LOCAL INTEREST
ST PETER'S CHURCH
Langton Herring Parish Church
Parish Church and part of the Small Pilgrim Places network. Regular Sunday services and weekly prayer meetings.
GREAT WAR PAGES
Tom Morgan's Great War Pages
CHESIL ROCKS - MUSIC FESTIVAL
In Aid of Dorset Samaritans
Held at Higher Farmhouse in June each year. Raising funds for Dorset Samaritans
SMALL PILGRIM PLACES NETWORK
Breathing Spaces on the Pilgrim Journey
Dorset Online Parish Clerks has lots of Census Data and other material relating to Langton Herring - Click link below or go to http://www.opcdorset.org/LangtonHerring/LangtonHerring.htm
If you would like to find out more, volunteer to help, or you have information to offer the project. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.