Langar St Andrew


Earliest core fabric is C13th

Central tower is C13th - C15/16th with C19th restoration

Core fabric of nave is C13th with C15th clerestory

Chancel C13

The Early English arcades contain some fine carving, especially around some of the pillar capitals. The carving around the capitals near the Howe vault is more elaborate, possibly due to improved skills as the restoration progressed or additional funding became available. The arches are 13th century and have dog-tooth carving on the aisle sides.

Significant Interior Features

The main door to the church contains a small wicket door in the centre and is 14th Century. The hinges on the inside of the door show the makers mark of William Gretton, the village Blacksmith in the mid nineteenth century.

Screen has C15th fragments but is largely C19th restoration

C18th roof:

The massive oak roof beams above the nave bear the following inscription:

Church Wardens   William Wells
Henry Wright
  Sep 29
  Richard Wright
Henry Wright

The date being within a circle

Timbers and roofs

  Nave Chancel Tower
Main Ties and heavy rafters 1750 (dated) Pitched rafters 1855-60 Boarded 1855-60
S.Aisle Low ties and rafters probably 1855-60 n/a  
N.Aisle Low ties and rafters probably 1855-60 n/a  
Other principal      
Other timbers Rood screen C15-19th    


Wooden, Elphick Z, Pickford 6A, of 1859 by Taylors of Loughborough. New fittings installed by Taylors in 1939.

Not scheduled for preservation Grade 4.


  Nave Chancel Tower
Plaster covering & date Plaster c.1860 Plaster c.1860 Plaster c.1860
Potential for wall paintings Highly unlikely Highly unlikely Highly unlikely

Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology

An archaeological watching brief was undertaken in September 2000 on the opening-up of the north aisle wall to form a new doorway, and excavations against the north wall to form a meeting room, toilet, and kitchen. The results concluded that the wall almost certainly dates from the 1855-60 restoration. Excavations revealed two inhumation burials: one adult, C19th, and one juvenille of unknown date. Residual medieval pottery was recovered of C11th-C13th date.

Excavation plan and section relating to September 2000 work
Plan of excavation area adjacent
to north wall of Langar church
West section of excavation
Copyright: John Samuels Archaeological Consultants 2000

The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered moderate and below the present interior floors is considered to be high.

Exterior:Burials expected, multiperiod. Areas surrounding building may be heavily disturbed by C19th restoration, though excavations indicate residual medieval survivals.

Interior: Extent of C19th disturbance is conjectural. Vaults known to exist and whole is likely to be a highly complex mixture of C13th-C15th building layers with unknown survival of earlier deposits beneath, punctuated by late medieval graves and post-medieval vaults.

Walls: Mixture of C13th-C15th, and C19th rebuilding.