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Lilley, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Lilley or Lindley, a village and a parish in Herts. The village stands near the boundary with Beds, 4 miles NNE of Luton station on the G.N.R. and M.R., and 5 WSW of Hitchin, and has a post and money order office under Luton; telegraph office, Offley. The parish contains also part of the hamlet of Mangrove Green. Acreage, 1795; population, 526. The manor formerly belonged to the Dockwras family, and now belongs to the Sowerbys. Pntteridge Bury, the seat of the Sowerby family, is a modern mansion standing in a park of 450 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £310 with residence. Patron, St John's College, Cambridge. The church, rebuilt in 1870-71, is a building of flint in the Early Decorated style. There is also a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHertfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishLilley St. Peter 
HundredHitchin and Pirton 
Poor Law unionHitchin 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Lilley

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lilley from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hertfordshire is online.


Online maps of Lilley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hertfordshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hertfordshire, 1572 and 1634. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe, F.S.A. is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtLU2
Post TownLuton