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St Mary's Church, Pulford.jpg
St Mary's Church
Pulford is located in Cheshire
 Pulford shown within Cheshire
Population 395 (2001)
OS grid reference SJ376589
Civil parish Pulford
Unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH4
Dialling code 01244
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament City of Chester
List of places

Coordinates: 53°07′26″N 2°55′59″W / 53.124°N 2.933°W / 53.124; -2.933

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.[1]

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.[citation needed] The castle is mentioned as having a garrison stationed at it, during the revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in 1403.[citation needed]

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[citation needed] 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.

A large hotel exists in the village, called the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel. Grosvenor is the family name of the Duke of Westminster whose seat is at nearby Eaton Hall.

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  1. ^ 2001 Census: Pulford, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 27 July 2007 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pulford at Wikimedia Commons