About Us

Welcome to our website!

The activities of the Langford History Group have been seriously impacted by the COVID epidemic, with the monthly meetings suspended.  We are currently considering how best we can resume meeting in Langford and would also welcome any items of local interest that could be shown on this web site.  

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 normally 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 past meetings can be seen on 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.  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.

Chairman’s Report to AGM, 14th March 2019.

It has been another excellent year for our Group and my thanks as always go to our Committee for all the work they put in to make sure your meetings run smoothly.   My thanks also to Langford House for allowing us to use their excellent facilities during this year.

Our meetings as ever have been varied and interesting.   Just to pick out a few highlights.

We started the year with Frank Thorn giving an interesting and scholarly talk about Domesday Book.  A lovely evening was had when Glenda Bryan talked about Gardens of the Wills Houses.   In the summer, instead of having an outing we had a social evening.  November was our own personal tribute to WW1.   Mary Coward talked to us in January about the Camera Obscura in Bristol and in March Alex told us about his latest research project, the Canonical Houses of Wells.

We now have a new Chair, Chris Hayes, and I know we will all support her.

Jane Dixon