St Andrew

Features and Fittings


The chancel contains little in the way of furniture. During the winter months services are held here and chairs are brought in from the nave.

On the south side is a small pointed priest’s door, three feet wide.

The altar rails are of the Jacobean period.


The original fixed pews were removed in 1971 and replaced with removable chairs. The floor is now carpeted.

The lectern is carved in the shape of an eagle and dates from 1931. This was given in memory of Mrs Jessie O’ Kane, wife of Rector William O’ Kane.

The pulpitThe nave also includes a small lectern, given in memory of Olive Millington Pearce (1899 - 1986).

There is an octagonal Jacobean pulpit and an oak-panelled reading desk of similar age. They may both have been constructed from panels of the Howe family pew.

At the western most end of the nave is the octagonal shaped font.

North aisle

On the north clerestory wall are four panels reading:

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5.5,6

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 5.7,8

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins.
Isaiah 58.1

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5.9,10

South aisle

The south aisle contains an exhibition of the life and works of Samuel Butler, adjacent to the organ.

Above the main door is a board with the following inscription:

The Memorandum above the main door


The Revd. Edwd. Gregory, Rector
of Langar cum Barnstone, by
will, dated 23rd Oct. 1824, directed
the dividends of £107-7-8 stock
in the three per cent. consolida-
ted Bank Annuities, it being
£3-4-4 per Annum, to be received
by the Rector of the Parish for
the time being, and by him
applied to such charitable uses
as are directed by the said will,
and as appear by an Extract
therefrom entered in one of the
Registers of the said Parish.

West wall

Below the coloured window is a Victorian coat of arms placed on the wall by Thomas Butler.

On either side of the coloured window are tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.

Carved wooden Royal Coat of Arms
The commandment boards, to either side of the west window

South Transept

Two large stones in the wall below the south window are boldly inscribed:

Rent charge plaque

of Five Pounds Yearly, is payable out of a Close called
Coneygre in Granby, part of the North Field Farm, to
the Minister and Churchwardens of Langar, to be
applied as follows.

One Pound Ten Shillings, equally divided, among Six
of the oldest Men, and Women, of this Parish, to be given,
by the Minister of this Parish, on the first day of June
Yearly. Ten Shillings, to the Clerk of the Parish, for keeping the
Monuments clean, and the Key of this Chancel, payable also
by the Minister, on the first day of June in every Year.
Three Pounds, Yearly to be reserved by the said Minister to
form a Fund for the repairing, upholding, and Keeping in good
repair, the Roof, Walls, Windows, Doors, Screen and all other parts
of this Chancel belonging to THE HOWE FAMILY.

of Five Pounds is payable Yearly out of an Estate belonging to
THE EARL HOWE situate at Odstone in the County of
Leicester, to the Minister and Churchwardens of Langar,
to be distributed by them in equal divisions, to Five Poor
married Women, belonging to this Parish, for their
relief, during their lying in.

This transept is enclosed by a carved oak screen on the north side, and on the west side by the upper part of the Howe vault in the east face of which is a stone tablet inscribed ENTRANCE TO THE VAULT.