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History of Langley

Langley comes from the Old English ‘lang’ meaning ‘long, tall’ with ‘lēah’ as a ‘forest, wood, clearing’; therefore, a ‘long wood/clearing’. The Domesday Book records Langley as Languelei.


Langley parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The architect William Butterfield built it in 1855 for Dr Edward Pusey’s younger brother, in an identical size and shape to the medieval church it replaced.