National Trust Heritage Open Days

St. Peter’s, Church Langton

Stonton Road, Church Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7SZ

Join our guided tour of the church, highlighting the architectural and historical features. St. Peter’s hosted the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in a parish church. 

St. Peter’s is the Mother Church of The Langtons, dating back to Norman times and was possibly an Anglo Saxon minster. This medieval church, of amazing proportions has so much heritage of interest dating from the late 13th and early 14th centuries with the tower, clerestory and nave arcades, the work of the 15th century.

Rector William Hanbury organised the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in a Parish Church in England in St Peter’s on 27th September 1759.

Victorian renovations resulted in the elaborate carvings on the pews and pulpit and a reredos in the chancel which is an alabaster representation of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Opening Times                                                                                              

Sunday 13th September: 14.00 Please note this has been cancelled 😦

Wednesday 16th September: 14.00 – There are a few places left, so book now 🙂

Booking Details

Numbers limited to 15, booking required.                                                           
Contact: Roz Folwell 01858 545160 r.folwell@btinternet.com or Maxine Johnson 01858 545745 maxinejohnson.1@btinternet.com

Access

No wheelchair access, uneven ground in churchyard.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Please WEAR MASKS and be aware of social distancingThere are no hand washing facilities but sanitising gel will be provided. Please do not attend if anyone in your family is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Additional Information

No toilet facilities.
Printed Guide available for £1. Please bring correct money.                    
Maximum 15 people per tour. Tour lasts 95 minutes

Heritage open days

Covid-19 – Update

Wednesday 15th July 2020


Recent Government guidelines regarding opening of Churches for private prayer and also for regular worship, are subject to severe safeguarding directives. The Church of England have issued what is needed to be done in order to protect those visiting our churches especially the vulnerable and over 70s.

The Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Martyn Snow has also issued a letter to all parishes in the Leicester Diocese stating that the decision to open individual churches rest with the Incumbent (Clergy) or Area Dean where there is no Clergy in post.

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Following a risk assessment for St Peter’s, undertaken by Area Dean, Rev Alison Booker and Lay Incumbent, Maxine Johnson on 14th July, 2020, the church will now open for baptisms, weddings and funerals, with numbers attending restricted as per Government Guidelines and guests invited by parties concerned. Members of the public who arrive without invitation, will not be admitted,

Regular worship and Holy Communion services

Very few churches in the Leicester Diocese have decided to open for the time being; most are considering not opening before September. St Peter’s Church Langton PCC, (Parochial Church Council) has taken the decision not to open before September for regular Worship Services . It is also possible that we will not be returning to weekly worship for sometime after that. The situation will be reviewed by the PCC, following any directives from the Government and the Diocese and any change to this position will be be announced here.

St Peter’s is holding regular worship via Zoom and you can contact us via email, if you would like to be part of these services.


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.


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We wish you peace and comfort in these continuing difficult times.

St Peter’s Festival 800+ – Postponed –

Following the directive issued by The Church of England, all activities and events are postponed indefinitely. We are sorry but the situation offers no other course of action.

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This year, St. Peter’s in Church Langton celebrates its 800th anniversary.

Throughout 2020 we are planning a whole series of events involving the community, and we would very much like you to join us for any which take your interest.

History
It is recorded that before 1162, the church of Langton with two chapels, Tur and Thorpe Langton, was granted to Leicester Abbey by William Newmarch and Roger de Bordeni, perhaps with the consent of the Earl of    Leicester, lord of the manor.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site as there is evidence of Norman architecture in the present building, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Church Langton for at least 800 years.

So, to celebrate 800 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020. We are calling this series ‘Festival 800+

Here are the events for Spring….

Sign up to these events and celebrate 800 years of St Peter’s Church
EventDetail
Murder Mystery
Friday 27th March 7.30pm

Langton Community Hall £12.50 inc. fish & Chip supper   
Spring Concert – Songs from the Shows Saturday 25th April 7.40pmSt, Peter’s   £15 inc. canapés                      
Talk on Handel in Leicestershire
Friday 15th May 7.30pm
                                        
St. Peter’s £8                                     
Messiah
Saturday 16th May 7.30pm
St. Peter’s £5 if singing, £15 to listen, £20 if attending talk      
Open Gardens Church Langton
Sunday 31st May Afternoon
Details TBC                     
Guided Tours of Church and Talk JulyPart of Festival of Archaeology         
Details TBC                                            
Guided Tours of Church
Sundays 12th & 19th September 2pm          
            

Part of National Trust Heritage Open Days   
Table of events for Festival 800+