Lilley is a small village on high ground set within rural undulating countryside. Though the A505 dual carriageway from Luton to Hitchin is only a short distance away, it is easy to lose oneself in the architecture and the tranquility of the many byways that exist locally. Pirton, in Hertfordshire, is a lovely village enclosed by three old roads. With 54 listed buildings it lies on rising ground some four miles from Hitchin and has a population of 1,300. The photographs were taken, and the captions written, by John Hockey in August 2013.