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Langport & District History Society - New Website Launch

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new improved website,
We’ve brought together all the information about Walter Bagehot, about the history of Langport and about the Langport & District History Society that was previously split between two separate websites. We’ve added a lot more material, and it’s all presented in a user-friendly, accessible way.
Key features of the new Langport Heritage website are:
• Over 500 images illustrating Langport’s history
• More information about Walter Bagehot’s life and works
• Personal stories from local people that bring people and places to life
• Quirky aspects of our local history
• Original sources of particular interest to Langport
An illustrated history
Our new section on Langport History presents many of our digital images, but instead of a gallery showing images on a loop, we’ve arranged them in subjects. For each aspect of Langport’s history, there’s some background information to give context to the images. As well as telling the stories behind many of the historic buildings on our main streets, there are sections on family and business history, social events, schools, floods and much more.
Quirky stories
Find out about the postal jacket that was discovered in a Bow Street shop during renovations, and how its owner was traced. Learn more about ‘the pump that saved Langport’ from floods in 1960. Discover how Langport came to be the first place in Somerset to be granted a Sevastopol cannon after the Crimean War.

More about Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot’s life and works are covered in more detail than ever before. A new section on Key Dates records more factual information about his family, his career and his publications. You can also discover what has already been done to commemorate him, both in Langport and elsewhere. His pages are pure gold! You can go directly to the Bagehot pages from
Personal accounts
There are personal stories, such as John Mitchem’s account of his forebears who ran the Railway Hotel, and Geoff Copson’s investigation into a car that came from the Langport Motor Company in the 1920s.
Original sources
You can read early school magazines from Langport Grammar School and Huish Episcopi Primary School, and leaf through the Grocery Book from the Langport Stores, showing one family’s purchases in 1903.
If you want to know about the history of the Langport area in all its fascinating manifestations, this site is for YOU!
We want this new website to be a dynamic resource, with new material and features being added over time. We welcome all feedback on it - whether it be comments, suggestions, corrections or additions - so that we can constantly improve it for our users. You can contact us via the website or email us at
For further information please contact:
Janet Seaton
Chair, Langport & District History Society
0792 146 1765

1 July 2021