National Trust Heritage Open Days

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. 

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 13th September: 14.00 Please note this has been cancelled 😦

Wednesday 16th September: 14.00 – There are a few places left, so book now 🙂

Booking Details

Numbers limited to 15, booking required.                                                           
Contact: Roz Folwell 01858 545160 r.folwell@btinternet.com or Maxine Johnson 01858 545745 maxinejohnson.1@btinternet.com

Access

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 WEAR MASKS and be aware of social distancingThere are no hand washing facilities but sanitising gel will be provided. Please do not attend if anyone in your family is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Additional Information

No toilet facilities.
Printed Guide available for £1. Please bring correct money.                    
Maximum 15 people per tour. Tour lasts 95 minutes

Heritage open days

VJ Day, 75th Anniversary

On Saturday 15 August at 5pm, Leicester Cathedral will broadcast a Service of Commemoration to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day – the day Japan surrendered, bringing to an end the Second World War. This is a pre-recorded service as it is not possible to hold the service as planned in the Cathedral itself.

As part of the service HRH The Duke of Gloucester, as Patron of the National Far East Prisoners of War Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association, will read an Extract from The Speech of King George VI, 15 August 1945. The service will be led by The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and the sermon will be given by The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester. The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough, will lead prayers. The service will pay grateful tribute to all who served in the Far East Campaign between 1941–1945, who endured great hardships and became known as ‘the forgotten army’. This service will ensure they are not forgotten with an Act of Remembrance including the laying of a wreath and silence. The Bishop of Leicester will also invite those of us in today’s age to continue to strive for peace in an Act of Commitment.

The county of Leicestershire and city of Leicester has particular reason to commemorate the service of the troops in the Far East campaign, as the Leicestershire Regiment was a key player. It was in recognition of the Regiment’s outstanding service in the Far East and other theatres of war that King George VI awarded it the title of the Royal Leicester Regiment in 1946.

As well as the online Cathedral service, in Leicestershire, the City and County Councils, together with the Lieutenancy Office, the Royal Tigers’ Association and the Children of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW), have been working together to create a website honouring local veterans. This can be found at: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/VJDay75


The link to the pre-recorded service from Leicester Cathedral at 5pm on Saturday 15 August will be posted here: http://leicestercathedral.org/covid-19/online-services/.

Covid-19 – Update

Wednesday 15th July 2020


Recent Government guidelines regarding opening of Churches for private prayer and also for regular worship, are subject to severe safeguarding directives. The Church of England have issued what is needed to be done in order to protect those visiting our churches especially the vulnerable and over 70s.

The Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Martyn Snow has also issued a letter to all parishes in the Leicester Diocese stating that the decision to open individual churches rest with the Incumbent (Clergy) or Area Dean where there is no Clergy in post.

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Following a risk assessment for St Peter’s, undertaken by Area Dean, Rev Alison Booker and Lay Incumbent, Maxine Johnson on 14th July, 2020, the church will now open for baptisms, weddings and funerals, with numbers attending restricted as per Government Guidelines and guests invited by parties concerned. Members of the public who arrive without invitation, will not be admitted,

Regular worship and Holy Communion services

Very few churches in the Leicester Diocese have decided to open for the time being; most are considering not opening before September. St Peter’s Church Langton PCC, (Parochial Church Council) has taken the decision not to open before September for regular Worship Services . It is also possible that we will not be returning to weekly worship for sometime after that. The situation will be reviewed by the PCC, following any directives from the Government and the Diocese and any change to this position will be be announced here.

St Peter’s is holding regular worship via Zoom and you can contact us via email, if you would like to be part of these services.


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.


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We wish you peace and comfort in these continuing difficult times.