for the Village of Langridge, SomersetA miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution.
For related information see www.the-kirbys.org.uk
, Ancestor List
and Wills Index
Location and general
A village just to the
NW of Bath. The village is strung out along a country lane, the main
houses being toward the top of the hill and near a spring. The first
series OS Maps from around 1870
show an extremely sparse settlement, the main buildings clustered
around two centres, a church and a school.
The main grouping today is around the old schoolhouse (the tallest
building on the left of the picture below). Either side of the
schoolhouse are a small number of old cottages. The barns and buildings
on the right of the picture are a farm.
The valley descends through wonderful pastoral scenery. The farmland is
currently managed with a view to promoting wildlife and there are
lovely wildflower meadows (at least when I visited in early June) and
woods full of Ransoms.
The Old Schoolhouse
The schoolhouse was built in 1856 and has been extended since. However,
the frontage looks to have some original features.
The spring is opposite the schoolhouse and the capping masonry over it
dates from 1862, so the Sharp family would have probably been familiar
Further down the valley lies Court Farm
Church of St Mary Magdalene
Next door to the farm is the lovely ancient church of St Mary Magdalene.
The SHARP family
Edmund SHARP (abt 1801-) was born in Langridge and married
Martha DAVIS (abt 1804-) also from Langridge. However, although several
of their children were born in the village, they appear to have move
around the local area.
Edmund & Martha's son John SHARP (abt 1824-1884?) was
born in Langridge and lived there for a time, in the vacinity of the
The SHARP family were also to be found in nearby Lansdown, Somerset,
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- Geograph has
a picture of the parish church in their entry for ST7469.
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Copyright R I Kirby 2008
unless stated otherwise.