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Encyclopedia > Great Offley

Great Offley is a village between Hitchin in Hertfordshire and Luton. Offa, King of Mercia in the 8th century, is said to have built a palace here and thus gave his name to the village. There is a most interesting group of buildings, including Offley Place, which was rebuilt in 1810 but retains a Tudor porch and a 17th century wing. To the south is a small hamlet called Little Offley. Location within the British Isles. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire or Harfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ... Luton is a town and local government district in England, located 50km north of central London. ... Offa (or Alavivaz Olauus) (? - c. ... Mercia, sometimes spelled Mierce, was one of the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy, in what is now England, in the region of the Midlands, with its heart in the valley of the River Trent and its tributary streams. ... Little Offley is a small hamlet near Hitchin in Hertfordshie. ...

See also

  • Great Offley - a resident's page about local history with many images.

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Parishes: Offley | British History Online (5036 words)
Westbury Farm, a quarter of a mile from the church, is a plastered timber house, originally of the H type, which seems to have been built in the 16th century.
The house called Little Offley, lying 2 miles to the north-west of the church, is a two-storied brick house of the H type, the main block built early in the 17th century, the wings apparently almost a century later.
The advowson of the church of Offley was granted probably about the middle of the 12th century by Amice Delamare and her son Geoffrey (see Delamers Manor) to the church of St. Mary, Bradenstoke, co.
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