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Blithbury shown within Staffordshire
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|Civil parish||Mavesyn Ridware|
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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.
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.
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".
- "Blithbury". Ridware History Society. 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- "Houses of Benedictine nuns – the priory of Blithbury". British History Online. 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
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