Graveley, Hertfordshire

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Graveley is a village and civil parish about four miles east of Hitchin and two miles north of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. A milestone in the village states that it is 33 miles from London.[1]

St. Mary's church, Graveley

History[edit]

Graveley is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was granted by William the Conqueror to Goisbert of Beauvais. The village is built on a Roman road, which developed into a section of the Great North Road.[2] The village was by-passed by the A1 (M) motorway in the 1960s.

Parish boundaries[edit]

The parish absorbed the site of a lost settlement, Chesfield, about a mile to the east of Graveley:[2] little remains there apart from the ruined walls of its 14th-century church.

St Ethelreda's Church, Chesfield

In 2011 part of Graveley parish became part of the new civil parish designated Great Ashby Community Council.[3]

Population[edit]

According to statistics[when?] by the North Hertfordshire District Council, Graveley had a population of 1,731, which at the time included Great Ashby.[4] The population of the remaining civil parish of Graveley at the 2011 Census was 487.[5] The village is still growing, with several new houses added in recent years.

Architecture[edit]

The medieval church is of flint construction.

The chequered brick facade of the George and Dragon

There are a number of attractive cottages and houses, including The George and Dragon pub, which has an 18th-century facade,[6] and The Wagon & Horses.[7] At one time there were four pubs, but two have now closed down.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milestone opposite number nine".
  2. ^ a b "Graveley village" (PDF).
  3. ^ Great Ashby Community Council, Accessed 19 May 2012
  4. ^ North Hertfordshire District Council - Codicote, Graveley & Hexton Archived 2007-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  6. ^ "George and Dragon".
  7. ^ https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101347421-waggon-and-horses-public-house-graveley#.XhxS4ohzzq8

Coordinates: 51°56′N 0°13′W / 51.933°N 0.217°W / 51.933; -0.217