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St Mary's Church
Pulford shown within Cheshire
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Pulford is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated on the B5445 road, to the south west of Chester and on the border with Wales. It is believed that the name of the village is derived from the Welsh words Pwll "marsh" and Ffordd "crossing". According to the 2001 Census, the population of the entire parish was 395.
The parish has several notable buildings, including a castle, a church and a hotel.
Pulford Castle, which no longer exsts, only the mound of the castle remains just behind the church of S Mary, was a small Norman motte-and-bailey defensive structure, exists on the outskirts of the village. The castle was built at a strategic location protecting a road at a river crossing. Although no firm date of construction is recorded, it is believed to have been built around 1100. The castle is mentioned as having a garrison stationed at it, during the revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in 1403.
Pulford Parish Church is named after St. Mary. The church was rebuilt in 1844, to a design by the architect John Douglas, the benefactor being Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster. Mention of a church on the site can be traced back the 12th century and the first rector is mentioned in ancient records as Hugo. The church's spire is 120 feet high. In the 1980s a fire completely destroyed the roof of the church tower, however it was later restored.
- 2001 Census: Pulford, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 27 July 2007
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