In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Langton Herring like this:
LANGTON-HERRING, a village and a parish in Weymouth district, Dorset. The village stands on the coast, at Chesil-Bank, 5 miles NW of Weymouth r. station; and has a post-office under Weymouth.The parish comprises 902 acres of land, and 300 of water. Real property, £826. Pop., 241. Houses, 54. ...
The manor belongs to W. Sparks, Esq. Fishing is largely carried on; and stone is quarried. There is a coast-guard station. The parish has suffered from inundations of the sea. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £126.* Patron, W. Sparks, Esq. The church is ancient but good; has a low square tower; and was recently enlarged.
Langton Herring is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Langton Herring itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Langton Herring in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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