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The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds

Langtoft

The busy B1248 descends down Tye Howe Hill and rises again as it twists and turns through the narrow main street of this wolds village which lies in the bottom of a dale. It is famous for its freak weather conditions in days gone by and has been known to flood when there has been heavy rain. There is a plaque on a wall on the corner of Back Street which says, "In commemoration of the great flood of Langtoft April 10th 1657 Height of flood unknown. Also the great flood of Langtoft July 3rd 1892 Height of flood 71/2 feet."

There is evidence in Langtoft of the chalk land on which the Wolds lie as many of the gardens have been cut into the hillside making them very steep in places. One row of houses has been named Hillside Gardens with this in mind. The houses are a mixture of both original houses built in years gone by which have been restored to their former glory and others which are newly built properties some using recycled brick to keep in with the original properties.

There is a steep side street which goes past the primary school and leads to St Peter’s Church and The Rectory. There was a thorough restoration of the church in 1900 when the north aisle was added. But some of the original work is that of the tower, south porch and some of the south aisle. The font came from the church left in the village of Cottom, which was left deserted after the Black Death swept through the small community. This is from the Norman period.

The Village has its own outdoor bowling green near to a small green at the southern end of the village, on which stands a memorial to one of England’s oldest poets, Peter de Langtoft, who was born in the village in the 13th Century. He died a Canon at Bridlington Priory Church in the reign of Edward II. The memorial was erected by Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere. There is also St Mary’s Methodist Chapel found on Back Street and the local public house is The Ship Inn which serves food and drink.

Opposite the Ship Inn is the village green which is situated in the middle of the village. This green was once where the village pond was situated but it was filled in many years ago. The area is still called "the pond" by locals, also situated here is the war memorial.

As the road passes through the village and rises steeply at the other side, on a road just off to the left can be found The Old Mill. The property has been restored and is now a popular bar and eating place.

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