LANGFORD, Richard, of Wells, Som.
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m. ?Joan, 2s. inc. Thomas†.
Little is known about Langford, save that he was a goldsmith who only became a freeman of Wells in 1417, and held no public office there before being elected to Parliament. Pledges were provided for his admission to the freedom by Hildebrand Elwell*; and further evidence for this connexion with the Elwell family appears in 1425, when Langford’s son William, a mercer, became a freeman, he being pledged by his father and Robert Elwell*. On 13 Nov. 1419, the very last day of the Parliament in which he sat for Wells, Langford acted (with Hildebrand Elwell again) as mainpernor in the Exchequer for Richard Mayne II, then representing Bridgwater. When Langford died is not known, but his wife survived him and married Walter Middenhill. He left two sons, of whom Thomas followed his craft as a goldsmith.
Wells City Chs. (Som. Rec. Soc. xlvi), 137, 140; CFR, xiv. 297; CCR, 1436-41, p. 483.