About Us

Welcome to our website!

Our village of Langford is situated in North Somerset some 12 miles south west of Bristol and close to the Mendip Hills.  It is divided into two parts, Upper and Lower Langford.  It has a well established local history group which was started in 2000 by Jo Fryer.  The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the University of  Bristol Veterinary School. Meetings usually start at 7.30 pm, in the Churchill Building.

Our meetings cover a wide range of subjects including archaeology, family history, and notable events, usually with a local historical bias. Talks by our visiting speakers take place in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are visits to sites and houses of local interest. Details of recent past meetings can be seen on the Events page.  We have a full programme of talks for 2015.  Again, please see the Events page.

In addition the Group has built up an archive of records, maps, and documents which enables members to carry out research on families and houses in the area. Some of these documents date back to the reign of Henry VI, allowing us a glimpse into Medieval Langford!

As a result of our book sales, we have been able to make donations to the Langford Trust, to the Somerset and Bristol Record Offices, and to local charities such as Farm Link.  Please see the Gallery for photographs.  As funds from additional book sales permit, we hope to be able to continue to make donations to worthy local causes .

Membership of the Group is £10 annually, and allows free access to all the meetings and access to the records. Visitors are more than welcome to individual meetings for a nominal fee of £2 to cover speakers’ costs.  The Annual General Meeting and election of officers and a committee usually take place in April or May each year.  Our Chairman, Jane Dixon, together with an active steering committee, has planned the programme of talks for 2016 shown in the Events section of the website.  New members are always welcome and you can find out more about our activities by contacting one of following: Jane Dixon (01934 862248), John Gowar (01934 862021), Alex Kolombos (01749 836020), or Jo Fryer (01934 862812).


Data Privacy Policy

A list of members’ names and email addresses is kept by, and is the responsibility of, the member of the Langford History Group who is currently responsible for circulating information to the Group by email. It is the responsibility of that person to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the data so that details of members do not become available to any third party.

The data will be used solely for dealing with the business of the Langford History Group, in particular, to notify members about meetings and any other Group activities.

All email messages will be sent as blind copy (Bcc) so that recipients’ names and addresses are not visible to other persons receiving the email.


Message from the Chairman

August 2018

I am very pleased to be able to tell everyone that The Langford History Group will remain as part of our village life for the foreseeable future.   We have two new members of our Committee, Chris Hayes and Steve Eastment.

There are three meetings left this year,  On 11 October, Shirley Hodgson’s talk is ‘Every Boy Will Join the Navy”.   This is the story of The Formidable, a sail training ship  based in Bristol.  Shirley has spoken to us before and many of us enjoyed her talks.  On 8 November, we are having our own personal tribute to World War 1.   We are hoping our members will come forward with their own family memories, or artefacts relating  to this conflict.  We have had offers of some contributions, but we do need more!  December 13 is our Christmas Event.   This year we are having a Quiz which will be held in the Board Room of Langford House, accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies.  Please put these dates in your diaries.

We have been working hard on our Programme for 2019.   This is now almost completed and I hope it will be as interesting and varied as ever.   Details of this will be on  our website shortly.   wwwLangfordhistory.com

We look forward to seeing everyone at our meetings, please come and support us.

Jane Dixon – Chair Langford History Group