National Trust Heritage Open Days

12th and 19th September 2021

St. Peter’s, Church Langton

Stonton Road, Church Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7SZ

Join our guided tour of the church, highlighting the architectural and historical features. St. Peter’s hosted the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in a parish church. 

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St. Peter’s is the Mother Church of The Langtons, dating back to Norman times and was possibly an Anglo Saxon minster. This medieval church, of amazing proportions has so much heritage of interest dating from the late 13th and early 14th centuries with the tower, clerestory and nave arcades, the work of the 15th century.

Rector William Hanbury organised the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in a Parish Church in England in St Peter’s on 27th September 1759.

Victorian renovations resulted in the elaborate carvings on the pews and pulpit and a reredos in the chancel which is an alabaster representation of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Opening Times                                                                                              

Sunday 12 September: 2.00pm
Sunday 19 September: 2.00pm

Booking Details

Advance booking required.                                                           
Contact: Roz Folwell 01858 545160

Booking opens: 1 August 2021 00:00
Booking closes: 19 September 2021 00:00


No wheelchair access, uneven ground in churchyard.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Please do not attend if anyone in your family is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Additional Information

No toilet facilities inside church, but car parking and toilet facilities available at Langton Community Hall approx five minutes walk from church, where Cream Teas will be available in aid of St Peter’s Church.

Printed Guide available for £1. Bookmarks £1 – Please bring correct money.                  
Maximum 20 people per tour. Tour lasts approx 1 hour 30 minutes
Cream Teas available at Langton Community Hall afterwards.


Find us just off the B6047 Market Harborough to Melton Road, 3 miles from Kibworth, 6 miles from Market Harborough. Postcode for satellite navigation systems LE16 7SZ – What three word link:

Organised by

Roz Folwell

Heritage open days