Langford St Bartholomew
Monuments and Memorials
Effigy of a 14th century knight in the northern part of the sanctuary. The inscription is badly damaged.
Wake (1869) provides a description of the effigy:
‘In the chancel lies the effigy of a mailed knight, said to have been removed thither from behind the door, on the south side of the church. Although the feet of the figure are wanting (missing) a good idea of the original work can be obtained ... Around the edge of the stone is an inscription, which, being imperfect, is difficult to decipher. But the Lion and cinquefoils on the knights surcote identify him as having been a member of the Pierpoint family, for so many years proprietors at Langford.’
The head is a much darker colour than the rest of the stone. It was discovered in the churchyard ‘some years ago’ and returned to its rightful position.
Chancel north wall, adjacent to the organ arch, with a carved vase motif:
|SLINGSBY DUNCOMBE ESQRE
FORMERLY OF LANGFORD HOUSE
DIED AT 3 BRYANSTON SQUARE, LONDON
OCTOBER 12TH 1851
IN THE 72ND YEAR OF HIS AGE.
HIS REMAINS ARE INTERRED AT COPGROVE, CO OF YORK.
HIS WIDOW AND DAUGHTERS, IN TESTIMONY OF
THEIR LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF THE DECEASED,
AND HOPE OF REUNION WITH HIM IN A BETTER WORLD
ERECT THIS TABLET TO HIS MEMORY.
NOT LOST, BUT GONE BEFORE.
Next to which is a memorial with a version of the Duncombe coat of arms above it:
COPGROVE, YORKS: AND LANGFORD, NOTTS: ESQRE
SOMETIME ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES
IN PARLIAMENT FOR THE CO: OF YORK,
THIRD AND YOUNGEST SON OF
OF DUNCOMBE PARK, YORKS: ESQRE
BY HIS WIFE SARAH, AND DAUGHTER OF
SIR THOMAS SLINGSBY,
OF SCRIVEN PARK, YORKS: 4TH BART:
BORN 1728 DIED UNMD 1818.
A MAN WHOSE HONOURABLE CHARACTER IN
FAMILY, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL LIFE, WON
THE RESPECT OF HIS CONTEMPORARIES, AND
IS BORNE IN MIND BY THE PRESENT GENERATION.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS GREAT-NEPHEW
GEORGE THOMAS DUNCOMBE,
“HONOUR TO WHOM HONOUR”
ROM: XIII. 7
Next to which, adjacent to the chancel window in the same style as the first with a carved vase motif, is a memorial:
TO THE MEMORY OF
SLINGSBY JAMES, ELDEST SON OF SLINGSBY DUNCOMBE ESQRE
OF LANGFORD HOUSE, IN THIS COUNTY,
WHOSE REMAINS ARE DEPOSITED
IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF RICHMOND IN SURREY,
AND WHO DIED
ON THE 22D OF NOVEMBER, 1831, IN THE FOURTEENTH YEAR OF HIS AGE,
HAVING BEEN CUT OFF BY A SHORT BUT SEVERE ILLNESS.
BELOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM, -FORWARD IN ATTAINMENTS, AND
FIRM AND CORRECT, BEYOND HIS YEARS, IN MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES,-
THIS AMIABLE YOUTH GAVE FAIR PROMISE OF BECOMING
A BLESSING TO HIS PARENTS, AND AN HONOURABLE AND USEFUL MEMBER
IN DEEP AFFLICTION OF THEIR IRREPARABLE LOSS, BUT IN HUMBLE
RESIGNATION TO THE WILL OF HIM WHO GAVE, AND IN HIS SUPERIOR
WISDOM HAS RESUMED THE GIFT, - HIS AFFLICTED PARENTS HAVE
CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED.
THIS SHORT SKETCH WAS TRACED BY ONE, WHO WELL KNEW HIS WORTH,
AND SINCERELY REGRETS HIS LOSS.
Above the stone effigy of a knight, on the north wall with a Coat of Arms, is a memorial (see Hatchment):
|IN A VAULT OUTSIDE THIS WALL
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JAMES HAFFENDEN, ESQRE
OF HOMEWOOD HOUSE TENTERDEN, KENT
WHO DIED AT LANGFORD HOUSE,
AUGUST 2ND 1838, AGED 51 YEARS.
KATHERINE, HIS WIFE,
DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH WALKER, ESQRE
OF EASTWOOD HOUSE,
NEAR ROTHERHAM, YORKSHIRE:
WHO DIED APRIL 16TH 1858,
AGED 63 YEARS.
Square-shaped tablet; chancel south wall between first and second windows:
|IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
1920 + 2007
1922 + 2007
OF LANGFORD HALL
BENEFACTORS OF THE CHURCH
PLACED HERE BY THEIR CHILDREN
Oval shaped monument chancel south wall between second and third windows:
TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
ETHEL SLINGSBY DUNCOMBE,
FIFTH DAUGHTER AND SIXTH CHILD
GEORGE THOMAS AND ARABELLA GEORGIANA DUNCOMBE
BY WHOM THIS TABLET IS ERECTED.
SHE WAS BORN IN LONDON JANUARY 20TH 1862,
AND DIED AT NEW MILVERTON IN THE COUNTY OF WARWICK
OCTOBER 10TH IN THE SAME YEAR.
HER REMAINS ARE LAID IN THIS CHURCH YARD.
“INTO THY HAND”
LUKE C.23 V.46
| Haffenden hatchment
|| Detail of arms
Above the tower arch in the nave is a diamond-shaped painted wood hatchment with the motto ‘in Coelo Quies’ (‘there is peace in Heaven’). Hatchments, are a survival a custom, common between the early 17th and late 19th century; part of the pomp which attended the death and burial of those entitled to bear arms. When such a prominent person died, his arms were painted onto a diamond-shaped board. This was displayed outside his house for six months or longer and was then hung indefinitely in the parish church which stood on his land. Hatchments could also be displayed for other members of the family and by detailed study it may be possible to identify the individual concerned. Langford is one of only 25 churches in Nottinghamshire that display a hatchment. This is a ‘Haffenden’ hatchment.