St Peter's Church, Lilley
Lilley is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population386 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL120261
Civil parish
  • Lilley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU2
Dialling code01462
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°55′20″N 0°22′21″W / 51.922243°N 0.372468°W / 51.922243; -0.372468

Lilley is a small village and civil parish situated between Hitchin and Luton in Hertfordshire, England.[2][3] Lilley stands on high ground: nearby Telegraph Hill is just over 600 feet above sea level.

The church, rebuilt in the 19th century, contains some original features and a fine Elizabethan heraldic memorial. According to tradition, Lilley was once the residence of John Kellerman, an alleged occultist described by Sir Richard Phillips as the "last of the alchemists."[4]

Lilley lies within the parliamentary constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden. Until recently it had two public houses, the Silver Lion and the Lilley Arms. The recent[when?] closure and conversion of the Silver Lion leaves the Lilley Arms as the village's only pub. The low-lying land to the south of Lilley is called Lilley Bottom.

The Icknield Way Path passes the edge of the parish on its 110-mile course from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk.

The village has a football team, although they presently do not play in Lilley due to lack of facilities. The village cricket club is one of the oldest in Hertfordshire, with fixtures dating back to the mid-1890s. The cricket club plays at the Geoff Banks-Smith Memorial Cricket Ground, between St Peter's Church and the village hall and are currently in North Herts League Division 2.

The church holds a flower festival every early May Bank Holiday weekend.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 166 Luton & Hertford (Hitchin & St Albans) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319232095.
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ Blatchley, Nicholas. "The Hertfordshire Alchemist". Herts Memories. Retrieved 29 April 2022.

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