Waterwick Green at Langley

Welcome to these pages on the village of Langley in Essex. The aim here is to correlate the information I have acquired of families in Langley whilst researching my own lines. The village has very close links with Clavering, many of the families migrated between the two. Langley lies some 81/2 miles west by south from Saffron Walden and 31/2 miles north west from Clavering. This site is under continuous development and so some pages and links may not work. To view any of the pages on the website eg census extractions, familes and parish registers etc. you will need to register. The information here has either been researched by myself or generously donated by many kind folk. The original source references have been quoted wherever possible. Although this site must be regarded as a secondary source I hope it guides you in the right direction.All information is supplied as is., and has been checked as far as practicably possible. Do please check the original sources. I would like to say that this is a work in progress and if you are interested in being kept up to date, check the "Whats New" pages. Many family details are still missing, if you have anything to contribute please get in touch

Feature Articles

feature 1 History Langley is an Anglo-Saxon name, meaning 'a long clearing in woodland'. This is not to say that the area was entirely uninhabited before the Saxons arrived. In earlier times there had been Iron Age settlements and evidence of Roman farming. Part of a Roman road still survives as a path along the parish boundary between Clavering and Langley, and beside it a Romano-British burial mound excavated in the 19th century.

feature 2 About LANGLEY, a parish in Saffron-Walden district, Essex; adjacent to Herts, 5½ miles W by N of Newport r. station, and 7 W SW of Saffron-Walden. Post-town, Clavering, under Bishop-Stortford. Acres, 1,617. Real property, £1,508. Pop., 410. Houses, 91. The property is much subdivided. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Clavering, in the diocese of Rochester. A chapel was here in the time of Henry II.; and the parish is sometimes regarded as a chapelry. The present church is good; and there are a Baptist chapel, a parochial school, and charities £8

feature 3 Cricket Club Although cricket, in one form or another, must have been played in Langley for many years previously, there is no recorded match until July 12, 1884. This, judging from the scorecard, was a very low scoring 2 innings defeat for Langley at Chrishall. Judging from subsequent records from those distant days extremely low scoring was the normal and its not difficult to work out why.

feature 4 Murder On Sunday 13th January Samuel & Rebecca Law went to the house of Rebecca's mother for dinner, where apparently, according to the evidence given at the Assizes, Samuel read to Rebecca from the Bible. After that they went home and it was the last time Samuel was seen alive.

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