langdons Bush / Longdown bush

Langdons Bush / Longdown Bush

A 16th century field on the edge of Middle Field


Langdons or Langdon's Bush, also known as Longdown Bush, was a field within the Medieval Middle Field of Kingston Manor. The 1589 Terrier in describing part of the boundary of Middle Field, recorded ".... from Millford Lane end to the Beacon and from thence down the Furzehedge to Langdons Bush and from thence down the same lanes end...."

The same Terrier, in describing the boundary of East Field states ".... up to the Beacon and so down Longdown Bush by the Lane to the lower end of Hardermead.... "

In his will dated 1655, William Daniell stated "I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my sonne George Daniell his executors administrators and assigns ymmediately after the Expiration of his apprenticeship all those my three closes called Langdons Bush which I bought of my late brother in lawe John Grubham lying in the parish of Yeovell aforesaid".

Langdon's Bush, or at least part of it, was almost certainly later known as Langs Bush.

In his will of 1739, Edward Mines left "to my son Richard my close in Yeovil Langs Bush".



This map, based on the descriptions in the 1589 Terrier and the 1846 Tithe Map of Yeovil shows the approximate boundaries of the Manors of Kingston and Hendford as well as the manorial three-field system used in Kingston.