History of Langtons House

Langtons House is a Grade II Listed 18th Century manor house. The house stands in the picturesque landscaped gardens with an ornamental lake, orangery and bath house all dating from the eighteenth century.

The House belonged to the Massu family, Huguenot refugees from France, who became wealthy silk merchants in the City of London. The house was given to Hornchurch Urban District Council in 1929 under the condition that the building must be used for council purposes and the four acres of grounds remain open to the public.

The gardens were originally designed by the famous landscape designer Humphrey Repton situated within the landscaped gardens of Langtons House is the Orangery. It was constructed at the same time as the house (approximately 1760). The upper panes of the glazed sash windows hinged open to give ventilation. The building has a heated rear wall to provide warmth for the plants in winter. The wall has hollow channels running through it and the heat was provided from the boiler house that is situated at the rear of the orangery. During the 2016 garden restoration the roof was renewed with glazed opening windows for ventilation, new terracotta tiled path in the centre aisle.

Would you like to know more about the history of Langtons House or attend one of their open house events?
Contact our Gardens Activity Officer
E: lisa.campbell-bannerman@havering.gov.uk

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  • About us

    Langtons House is a Grade II Listed 18th Century manor house. The house stands in the picturesque landscaped gardens with an ornamental lake, orangery and bath house all dating from the eighteenth century. There are four main rooms and one hall, available for a wide range of celebrations and weddings.

  • Contact Info

    Our Location:
    Langtons House,
    Billet Lane, Hornchurch
    RM11 1XJ

    Phone:
    01708 433 481

    Havering Council

Testimonials

Tracy – November 2017
I just want to say a big thank you to you all for helping a ‘frantic woman’, obtain a copy of her marriage certificate. You were all lovely on the phone and rallied round to sort it out for me,…
Rona and Peter – August 2017
It was fantastic in every aspect, including the weather and I am just sorry I hadn't started it earlier; it was over in a flash!  You will also be pleased to hear I held "it together" no crying just beaming…
Jane & Paul – December 2016
You married me and my husband Paul Wyborn in December, and you were so lovely, and you made it really special Thanks again to you and the brilliant staff at Langtons House. Just a note from Paul and I to…
Jo & Neil - October 2016
We just wanted to say a Huge ‘THANK YOU’ for making our day go so perfectly. You really helped me through the day and that was the most needed cup of tea I've ever been given!
Dave & Anne-Marie - August 2016
My husband and I would like to say a big thank you to Langtons for giving us a wonderful wedding day on the 7th August. We had a wonderful day at Langtons and so many wonderful memories have now been…