Langton Herring

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Langton Herring
Langton Herring, parish church of St. Peter - - 516409.jpg
St Peter, Langton Herring
Grid reference: SY614824
Location: 50°38’27"N, 2°32’48"W
Local Government
Council: Dorset

Langton Herring is a village in Dorset, found about five miles north-west of the seaside resort of Weymouth. It is "prudently set on a ridge above the Fleet",[1] the Fleet being a brackish lagoon behind Chesil Beach. In the 2001 the village had a population of 147.

The name of the village comes from the Old English 'Lang tun' meaning 'long farmstead or estate' with the 13th Century 'Harang' family affix, from their time as Lords of the Manor.

A Thankful Village, and the only one in Dorset, all the men of Langton Herring returned from both the Great War and the Second World War, making it one of only a handful of Twice-Thankful Villages in the country.

Just over half a mile to the east of the village, by the B3157 road, is Langton Cross, a mediæval stone monolith, which is missing the top arm.[2]

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  1. Gant, R., Dorset Villages, Hale, 1983, p168
  2. West Dorset DIstrict Council, Holiday and Tourist Guide, c.1983, p10
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