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Odell Index of Pages

The following pages are designed to give a brief history of some aspects of the community. They are certainly not intended to be exhaustive and more work could be done, for example, on the interesting buildings with reference to census returns, electoral registers and name searches for owners and/or occupiers amongst our other archives, or on churches with reference to the parish records. We hope that reading these pages will encourage you to do more research of your own. If you find additional information on any of the pages below or, indeed, information on aspects of the community not covered here, we would love to hear from you and could publish your research here, giving credit, of course, where it is due!


The Parish of Odell in General

Odell Maps

Early Odell

Odell in Prehistory

Romano-British Odell

Odell Romano-British Farmstead

Odell in the Dark Ages

Land Ownership in Odell

Odell in 1086

The Barony of Odell

Odell Manor

Little Odell Manor

The Odell Castle Estate


The Established Church

Odell Church Architecture

Odell Church Repairs and Additions

List of Odell Rectors

Odell Rectories


Registration and Early References in Odell


Odell School

Odell School in 1904

Sources for Education in Odell

Interesting Buildings

Church Lane

50 to 52 Church Lane Odell

59 Church Lane Odell

Hobbs Green Farm Odell

High Street

Odell Castle

Odell Lodge

75 to 79 High Street Odell

91 High Street Odell

93 High Street Odell

113 to 119 High Street Odell

121 to 125 High Street Odell

198 High Street Odell

207 High Street Odell

208 High Street Odell

215 High Street Odell

Castle Farmhouse and Northend Farm Odell

Village Farm Odell

Horsefair Lane

15 Horsefair Lane Odell

23 Horsefair Lane Odell

Mill Lane

Odell Mill

Licensed Premises

The Bell Public House Odell

The Mad Dog Public House Odell