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. 

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

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Remember, O Lord,
your servant Philip,
who has gone before us with the sign of faith and now rests in the sleep of peace. According to your promises,
grant to him and to all who rest in Christ, refreshment, light and peace;
through the same Christ our Lord.

Most merciful God,
whose wisdom is beyond our understanding,
surround the Queen and the Royal Family with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss,
but have confidence in your goodness,
and strength to meet the days to come.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The Duke of Edinburgh

On Friday, 9 April 2021, Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. This is a significant bereavement for our nation and will be felt deeply by many of us.

“Today, I have heard with sadness of the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, he has had a unique place in our national life and affections, and has made a special contribution to the shared life of the Commonwealth. As the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch he has provided consistent strength and support for The Queen through times of national and international upheaval and change, as well as peace and celebration. He deserves our deep respect and thanks, and my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the other members of the Royal Family.”

The Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow

“We assure Her Majesty of our prayers and sympathy following the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. We have been privileged to welcome him to the Cathedral and noted his great concern in particular to meet veterans and those living with disability. He was great company over lunch, enjoying his trademark Pale Ale with rich wide ranging conversation, with that characteristic humour and slightly naughty twinkle in his eye. His life is marked by public service. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

The Dean of Leicester, David Monteith

Due to the pandemic, local physical Books of Condolence will not be possible. There is an online Book of Condolence available on the national Church of England website here and you can also light a virtual candle here

There will be a special online service of remembrance and thanksgiving from Leicester Cathedral at 5pm on Thursday 15 April
Full details here.

Patron of Lay Readers

The Duke of Edinburgh was Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations – amongst this very long list, it is perhaps not widely known that Prince Philip was the patron of Lay Readers.

He was, of course, in attendance at the Royal Celebration of 150 years of Lay Readers held in All Souls Church, Langham Place in London on 9th May, 2016.

Our own Lay Reader, Maxine Johnson attended this notable service, alongside her Lay Reader colleagues from Leicester and the County, where she saw Prince Philip for the first time at a place of worship. A remarkable man whose faith and dedication shone through at that service. She remarked how special it was to see him in this context, as part of the service, at worship alongside all the congregation – on equal terms.

You can read the full story of the special day in 2016 here.

HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh