The Village of Mumby


The Village of Mumby It is thought that Mumby originated in the ninth century after the Viking invasion and capture of York. The Viking king, Halfdan, rewarded his warriors with parcels of land and one called Mund was given the area now known as Mumby. Originally those who settled and farmed the land where known as being from Mund's Byr.

In the 11th century, after the Normans invaded, William the Conqueror granted the village of Mund's Byr to Duke Alan De Mumby who was also known as Alan the Red, Count of Brittany. The village was recorded in the 1081 Domesday book as Mundsby and by this time the Manor House had been built.


Half way between Mumby and Hogsthorpe there is a small roadside sign which states simply, 'Langham'. From this sign a narrow little road, no more than a lane by todays standards, winds off to the north to a few isolated farms. An even narrower fork to the left leads to what is called in Lincolnshire, a `dead-end`. Leading off from this is a cart track to a farmhouse now known as `Wesley House`. It was here in 1779 that John Wesley visited and preached to the inhabitants of Langham Row, a small hamlet comprised of the dozen or so scattered smallholdings which existed thereabouts. The farm was owned by a family called Robinson and their graves are in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Churchyard. One of the descendents was Rehoboth Robinson who is also buried in the Churchyard. His is a very exciting story


Wesley says of Langham Row on Monday 5th July 1779, "I preached about eleven at Langham Row, to a congregation gathered from many miles around, on `How amiable are thy tabernacles O Lord of hosts'. As a great part of them were athirst for perfect love, they drank in every word. In the afternoon we went to Raithby. More information about this visit can be found here.


Mumby is a small village now, (2009 population Circa 400), but in the mid 19th century it had a population of 786, a sizeable number for the time, and there are records of a church, two chapels, a post mill, a low mill at the Langham Junction, two public houses, three shops, a school and a railway station. The Red Lion is the only remaining public house and behind it there is a fresh water spring which was used as the village well.


Periodically we organise an international genoeologiocal weekend for "Mumby's". If you are interested, please contact the webmaster.