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

Flower Festival at St. Peter’s

Some photos…

Here are just a few photos of St Peter’s following the beautiful wedding last weekend. People came in large numbers on Sunday to see them, thank you!

Here are the flowers, to remind us of a special day.

View to the High Altar
Panorama view inside St Peter’s church
Above the Reredos
Decorated window
One of the many window decorations
Peonies and marguerites
Centre nave with bride’s and groom’s chairs
The pulpit
The view outside
Peonies round the main door
In the porch
Pink roses among flowers used around the doorway
View from the porch door
Main entrance surrounded with a flower arch to welcome guests and visitors

Cream teas at Community Hall

Cream Teas continue to run every Sunday afternoon until the end of September. The church will be open for visitors as usual,

In order to provide toilets and handwashing facilities, the Cream Teas will now be held in the Community Hall.

Home made cakes and scones available for purchase as well as plants and produce.

Don’t forget to buy a bookmark and tour guide

Three bookmarks, with smart red tassel
Three bookmarks, the smart red tassel reflects St Peter’s colour

Beautiful bookmarks for St Peter’s

Designed and produced by artist Eric Peplow

We are delighted to tell you about a new fundraiser for St Peter’s – beautiful bookmarks, designed and produced by Northamptonshire artist, Eric Peplow.

Eric is a member of the art group at Wilbarston, and has been a supporter of St Peter’s by joining our occasional drawing mornings with Church Langton artist, Maxine Dodd.

Eric is a keen supporter of historic church buildings and has made bookmarks for several churches in Northamptonshire where he lives to help with fundraising. His generous offer to make some for St Peter’s was accepted without hesitation!

Three bookmarks, with smart red tassel
Three bookmarks, the smart red tassel reflects St Peter’s colour

Eric visited the church again to make sketches and reference photos and then painted the final image at home. He included a name plate on the wall, which gives lovely detail to the painting. He has a printer with whom he works to produce the bookmarks.

St Peter’s Church bookmarks, by Eric Peplow, Detail
St Peter’s Church bookmarks, by Eric Peplow, Detail
St Peter’s Church bookmarks, Detail on the wall
St Peter’s Church bookmarks, Detail on the wall, with name plate

The finishing touch is the tassel. What colour would you like? The choice was obvious, red, because it is the colour long associated with our saint, Peter. They add a sparkle that complements Eric’s delicate watercolour painting beautifully.

Three bookmarks, with smart red tassel
Three bookmarks, the smart red tassel reflects St Peter’s colour
The best way to mark your place!

You can buy a bookmark for £2.00 each, when you visit the Community Hall for Cream Tea on Sunday afternoons or in church itself when open for events.

If you live further afield but would like to order a bookmark (or two, or three!) Please email for details.

Enjoy your holiday reading and never lose your place!