Langmans Farm Danbury 1880s
The Langman family had moved to Danbury by 1880 and
were managing Ludgores Farm, Horne Row, Danbury Common.
Thomas Langman (who would marry Christiana Musgrove) was the second
oldest son of Henry Westlake Langman. He was Born in 1861 in Croydon
Surrey. His parents Henry and Ann married in 1853 in Launceston Cornwall
but soon to London, living firstly in Dalston, then Croydon and later
Henry Westlake Langman was by trade a builder / carpenter so it is
a little unusual that he decided to purchase a farm in Danbury. When
the 1881 census was taken (see bottom of page) the Langmans were
resident at Ludgores Farm. The family consisted of Henry Westlake
Langman 55, his wife Ann 51, their children Jane 26, Thomas 20. Mary
21, Edward 16 and Louisa aged 9. Not shown is the Langman' oldest
son Willliam Henry Langman 23 who was working as a carpenter in Croydon.
In 1883 Henry Westlake Langman died. Both his sons William and Thomas
appear to have managed the farm after this date but it had been sold
Mary Langman in 1885 married Stephen Moore. William Henry Langman
married Clara Jane Davies in Croydon in 1888.
Edward Langman in 1887 married the daughter of Danbury's Postmaster
George Spalding. His wife, Clara Jane Langman continued to live in
Danbury and retired as Sub Post Mistress in September 1931 at the
age of 65.
Thomas Langman married Christiana
Musgrove in November 1885 and was to manage The Cricketers Danbury
Common. Thomas's mother Ann and
sister Louisa later moved to Croydon. Ann died there in 1896. Louisa
married in 1899.
The photos top left and middle show Ludgores Farm
present day and about 1900. Note the bricked up top centre window.
The amusing newspaper cutting dates from1885.