Genealogy Notes for the Village of Langridge, Somerset
A 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 List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

View to Langridge from LansdownA village just to the NW of Bath. The village is strung out along a country lane, the main grouping of 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.
British Blonde cattle near Court Farm View south from between the old schoolhouse and the churchView from the churchyard


The Old Schoolhouse

The schoolhouse was built in 1856 and has been extended since. However, the frontage looks to have some original features.
 View downhill past the old schoolhouse The old schoolhouse from above the spring Doorway of the old schoolhouse

The spring

The spring is opposite the schoolhouse and the capping masonry over it dates from 1862, so the Sharp family would have probably been familiar with it.
The roadside spring   

Court Farm

Further down the valley lies Court Farm
Court Farm

Church of St Mary Magdalene

Next door to the farm is the lovely ancient church of St Mary Magdalene.
 Church of St Mary Magdalene The altar Norman arch Font 


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 schoolhouse.

The SHARP family were also to be found in nearby Lansdown, Somerset, and Weston, Somerset.

Related links

A selection of links to other sites with information about this place


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