Langford Budville & Runnington

Overlooking the Vale of Taunton Deane

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Langford Budville


Although the name Langford Budville has its origins in our Saxon and Norman forebears, there are likely to have been people living on or near this spot long before those times.  How long must remain a matter of speculation and the history of the village has been researched both as a part of 'Changing Faces:  Langford Budville History Project'  and by Mark McDermott in 'Langford Budville: A Short History'.  Today the village contains a mix of interesting old buildings and those built in more recent times.


The most prominent building is St Peter's Church which sits on a small rise at the east end of Langford Budville and can be seen from nearly every house in the area. The views from the churchyard are some of the best in the village overlooking the Vale of Taunton Deane.


A short distance from the church is Langford Budville Church of England Primary School; which was built in 1851 and extended significally over the years.  The school not only provides an education for the village children but also due to its high standard attracts children from the surrounding areas and the town of Wellington.


The other building of note is the village pub, The Martlet Inn, which is housed in a 17th century building.  The Martlet is a traditional village inn carrying a variety of local real ales and delicious food served in pleasant surroundings which include exposed beams, open fires and an orangery.


Before a visit to the pub why not work up an appetite or thirst with a walk on Langford Heathfield, a 226-acre nature reserve owned and managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust. The reserve lies to the west of the village and is made up of woods and heath land with an abundance of wildlife to see from the many pathways that cross it. The reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which highlights the importance of the wildlife species to be found there.