|Here is a small village which is near the coast and
5½ miles northwest from Weymouth, with parishes that are adjacent
to Fleet, Portisham, Abbotsbury and Chesil Bank lies to the south.
The small ancient parish church is dedicated to St Peter and is built in the Gothic style and has an embattled tower built in the 18th century but the church is mainly mediaeval but has had the normal Victorian style of restoration.
Most of the employment around here was agriculture and fishing and there was a coastguard station here. Langton Cross is on the Weymouth to Abbotsbury road and here is a fine ancient Latin cross which was carved from a single block of Portland Stone and embedded in the ground, some say it was put here in the 14th century and was a way marker for pilgrims.
The Auxiliary Coastguards had a watch on Chesil Beach from a small hut opposite Hive Point which had to be moved after a fighter place used it to practice! There were eight targets on the beach between Langton Hive and Moon Fleet house and these were connected by a wooden plank walkway.
The Lord of the Manor was Mr Eric Sparks and his wife Ruth and they farmed Higher Farm with his father (|The Squire) Edward and looked after the village, as he owned most of the 43 houses there and they lived at Higher Farm House.
In the centre of the village were some dairy barns owned by the Whittle brothers, Fred, Charles, Bert and their sisters Nellie and Georgie.
The post office was in the sitting room of Mrs Mowlems house "Lilacs" which was halfway down the hill to Rodden, and here also was the telephone exchange. The school was just one room with a cloakroom at the end and it was also the village hall, alongside was the School House the resident being Mrs Archibald. As it was used as a village hall dances were held here on a weekly basis and other social activities.
Despite aerial combat being n occasional hazard fishing for Mackerel continued during the summer and this would go on all evening till around midnight and then back to the beach by four in the morning, and there were crews opposite Fleet House at Parkwall as well as many more and all were full of friendly rivalry, the mackerel was collected my Mr W. Bartlett senior who came from Chickerell.
There was no electricity and water came from stand pipes outside the cottages and rainwater was collected form the seven Coastguard Cottages from galvanized tanks and there was no sanitation except for the larger houses who had cesspools.
The Women's Institute had a troops canteen set up in the Reading Room. Buses from Weymouth only ran once twice a week due to petrol rationing.
Only six bombes were dropped in the Parish by the
Germans though one fighter plane during the Battle of Britain was forced
down and landed at the back door of one of the cottages giving one and
all a fright! Both German and British planes came down locally and there
are two German crews buried in Langton Cemetery who were later exhumed
and taken home to Germany for reburial.