Little Langford, St Nicholas Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century tympanum depicting a hunting scene
The font is Norman, set on top of a Victorian base. In the south chancel is an Elizabethan tomb of a nobleman with the initials IH. We do not know who 'IH' is, but it seems likely he was a member of the Hayter family. One of the Hayters served as rector but his stay in office was not as tumultuous as that of Thomas Giffard, 15th century rector in the reign of Richard III. This elderly rector was at home in his rectory in 1484, when a gang of armed men burst in, led by a local yeoman named Edward Bays. The rector was injured, and Bays was brought to trial at Salisbury, convicted, and hanged.
This wonderful ancient building is located in rural isolation at the eastern end of the Wylye Valley. The setting is idyllic, with only a single house nearby for company. The combination of the Norman doorway and its vividly carved tympanum and lintel are simply wonderful, and the interior is a delightful combination of medieval and Victorian style. A truly enjoyable country church to visit.
About Little Langford
Address: Little Langford, Wiltshire, England, SP3 4NU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the minor road between Steeple Langford and Great Wishford. Limited parking on the verge. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Rollestone, St Andrew's Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Wilton Italianate Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
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