The early history of this church is unclear, but remains exist of what was probably a rebuild in the 15th Century. It is not unusual in English churches, and particularly those of the Home Counties, that an early medieval church was rebuilt in the 15th or early 16th Century – often with the addition of a tower or steeple.
In the case of Lilley it is difficult to date things very clearly because the whole church was rebuilt between 1870 and 1872 to designs by Thomas Jekyll. Although it seems likely that the general look of the church was retained, Lilley is clearly a Victorian structure. Some of the interiors are earlier, including an Elizabethan period tomb.
Despite this vague and uninspiring history the church is spectacularly sited above the village in the swathe of green land which separates Luton from the towns of North Hertfordshire.
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