History of Langley
St John the Evangelist's Church, Langley
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History of Langley >> White's Directory 1848
White's Directory of Essex 1848
LANGLEY, a pleasant scattered village, at the north end of this Hundred, 7 miles West South West of Saffron Walden, and South East of Royston, has in its parish 448 souls, and 1617A.2R.27p. of land, adjoining Hertfordshire, and including a large wood, and several scattered farmhouses, etc.
Sir Francis Simpkinson is lord of the manor, but J.C. Dimsdale, Esq., Mr. W. Death, and a few smaller owners, have estates in the parish, which was anciently appropriated to St. Bartholomew's Priory, in West Smithfield. At the dissolution, it was granted to John Gate, Esq., and it afterwards passed to the Bradley, Luther, Houblon, and other families.
Langley Lawn, now a farm, was long a seat of the Nightingale family, who sold it to the Smiths, whose heiress married Thomas Milner, Esq., who rebuilt the house about 1730
The ancient church (St. John) went to decay some centuries ago, but a small new one was built in the 16th century, at the charge of Saint Thomas's, Bridewell, and Christ's Hospitals, London, to which the great tithes were given in 1592, together with those of Clavering parish, to which Langley has since been considered a chapelry, its curacy being consolidated with the vicarage of that place. The glebe here is 45A.1R.2P., and the tithes were commuted in 1838.
Here is a Baptist Chapel, erected in 1827.
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