St Peter & St Paul, Langton-by-Partney

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The parish is known as Langton with Sutterby and there are churches in both parishes. The church of St John the Baptist in the hamlet of Sutterby is now closed and is looked after by the Friends of Friendless Churches. Langton with Sutterby is now a member of the Partney Group of parishes, which comprises parishes within the Deanery of Bolingbroke.

The present church, which replaced a church also dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, was constructed about 1725 by George Langton and the building is essentially unchanged since it was built. It is a Grade I listed building in the Classical style with very unusual box pews facing each other, a three decker pulpit and a gallery at the western end. There are said to be only three parish churches in England which share the same arrangement of facing box pews in the style used in many Oxford and Cambridge colleges. The peal of six bells by Thomas Mears was given by another member of the Langton family in 1825. Later in the nineteenth century W.H. Bailey & Co of Salford (a well known engineering company of its day) made an unusual “barrel” mechanism to chime the bells by pulling external hammers. The barrel has projecting tines which pluck levers attached to the hammers and the levers can be set in different positions to to play six different tunes.

John Betjeman described Langton church as 'one of the most attractive and interesting churches in Lincolnshire and therefore in England, because Lincolnshire is rich in remarkable churches.' The church features in Simon Jenkins's book "England's Thousand Best Churches" originally published in 1999 and is in Pevsner's "Buildings of England - Lincolnshire".

The church interior was repainted in 2006 using the original Georgian colour scheme.

In 2008 the bells were restored to full circle ringing by Whitechapel Bell Foundry (the successor to Thomas Mears) and the Bishop of Lincoln attended a re-dedication service on Sunday 31 August 2008.

The bells are now rung regularly: all are welcome to join the fortnightly Tuesday practice nights.

In 2010 the Henry Bryceson organ was fully restored and an inaugural concert took place in September 2010.  Concerts now take place regularly in May and September each hear and are very well supported.  The building's excellent acoustics are particularly well suited to chamber music and concerts have included a very wide variety of musical genres.

The box pews were also fully restored and polished during 2010, recreating in full the glory of this Grade 1 listed Georgian building which was visited by Dr Samuel Johnson when he came to see his friend Bennet Langton in 1764
 

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Diana Douglas, Churchwarden
Langton Cottage
Langton

Spilsby
Lincolnshire
PE23 4PU
(01790) 753649

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Regular monthly service
Regular group service takes place fourth Sunday of month
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 35 minutes
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Candlelit Carol Service
This carol service take place annually at 6 pm on the Sunday after Christmas. Langton church has no electric light and the church is lit only by candles for this service which has taken place for at least the last 40 years. It is followed by mince pies etc in the village hall.
Sunday 28th December 2014 at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Tower Guidebooks / notes Organ Wheelchair Access / Ramp Public telephone accessible to wheelchair users Accessible Car parking Assistance Dogs Visitor Parking Available
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The village hall at Langton is available for hire and will seat 30-40 people. Please contact Ian & Shirley Whitworth, 01790 754355

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Clergy: The Revd Canon Peter Frederick COATES
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14930
Built: 1725
Our Patron: Diana Douglas
Archdeaconry: LINCOLN (211)
Deanery: Boilingbroke (21113)
Benefice: Bolingbroke Deanery (21/055CF)
Parish Legal Name: Langton with Sutterby (210481 21/481)
CofE Church Info: (621481 21/481)
Short URL: acny.uk/14930/
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St Peter & St Paul : In the centre of the village, Langton-by-Partney, Lincolnshire, PE23 4PU

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