Graveley (St. Mary)

GRAVELEY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hitchin, hundred of Broadwater, county of Hertford, 2 miles (N.) from Stevenage; containing, with the merged parish of Chivesfield, 403 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1817a. 1r. 13p.; the soil is a black loam, resting on chalk. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 0. 10., and in the gift of the Rev. T. Fordham Green: the tithes have been commuted for £430, and the glebe comprises 32 acres, with a house. The church has a square embattled tower at the west end, surmounted by a spire covered with lead. There are some remains of Chivesfield church. The Roman road from Verulam to Chesterfield passes through the parish.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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