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View of the front of a white-washed single-storey building with dormer windows
The Bull and Spectacles
Blithbury is located in Staffordshire
Blithbury shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SK083201
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGELEY
Postcode district WS15
Dialling code 01889
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′40″N 1°52′40″W / 52.777778°N 1.877778°W / 52.777778; -1.877778Coordinates: 52°46′40″N 1°52′40″W / 52.777778°N 1.877778°W / 52.777778; -1.877778

Blithbury is a small village in Lichfield District, Staffordshire, England. Part of the civil parish of Mavesyn Ridware, it lies near the River Blithe, about 3 miles (5 km) north of Handsacre, 3 miles north-east of Rugeley, and 3 miles south of Abbots Bromley.

The public house bears the name The Bull and Spectacles. In the 19th century it had the more common name of Bull's Head.[1]

In the first half of the 12th century religious houses for monks and nuns were founded at Blithbury. Within a few decades only the nuns are mentioned. The order was associated with the nuns of Black Ladies Priory, Brewood, and was eventually absorbed by them, so that there is no mention of the nuns of Blithbury after the early 14th century.[1][2]

According to Douglas Adams' 1983 humorous dictionary "The Meaning of Liff", a Blithbury is "A look someone gives you by which you become aware that they're much too drunk to have understood anything you've said to them in the last twenty minutes".


  1. ^ a b "Blithbury". Ridware History Society. 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Houses of Benedictine nuns – the priory of Blithbury". British History Online. 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 

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