Monthly Archives: December, 2010

Somerset High Sheriffs

We recently had an excellent talk from David Pugsley on the Somerset Assizes in the 18th century. In recent years Langford has provided more than its fair share of High Sheriffs, with John Alvis and Ian Hoddell being the most recent in 2009 and 2002. This led us to wonder if there were other Langfordians […]

John Speed map of 1610

Please see the Gallery section for another map of historical interest showing our region dated from the John Speed atlas dated 1610. Perry Bridge is once again clearly marked,  as are Wrington and Burrington. However, there is no mention of Langford on this map. John Speed (1552–1629) was a historian and cartographer, whose maps of English counties […]

Bristol Turnpike 1818

A map of the Bristol Turnpike road from Langford to Redhill has been added to the Gallery section.  This map has a series of numbers which relate to  road widening schemes. The schedule that accompanies the map, which  marks the location of houses and buildings along its length is also shown in the Gallery section.

Benjamin Donn Map of 1769

Another local map that shows Langford and the surrounding area in the 18th Century is the Benjamin Donn map. This map, which is available for viewing in the Bristol Museum, is a circular one based on a 12 mile radius from the centre of Bristol.  As the 12 miles comes to the Langford brook, the Burrington part of the village  […]

John Ogilby Map of 1675

The earliest cartographic reference to Langford that we have found to date is that appearing in John Ogilby’s linear road map of 1675. This was entitled “Continuation of the Road from London to Bristol…Continued to Huntspil”. You can see a picture of the map in the Gallery section. Essentially the map shows the old coach […]

Latch Memorial at St John the Baptist Church, Churchill

There has recently been a most interesting email exchange with some of our members and Kirsten Uszkalo, a university lecturer from Edmonton, Alberta, concerning the Latch memorial! Many of you will be familair with the memorial in the church which depicts a gentleman, supposedly Sir John Latch, gazing horror struck at the partially shrouded face […]