St Mary's Church, Pulford

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St Mary's Church, Pulford
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St Mary's Church, Pulford
St Mary's Church, Pulford is located in Cheshire
St Mary's Church, Pulford
St Mary's Church, Pulford
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°07′21″N 2°56′05″W / 53.1224°N 2.9348°W / 53.1224; -2.9348
OS grid reference SJ 375,587
Location Pulford, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mary, Pulford
Status Parish church
Dedication St Mary
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 2 November 1983
Architect(s) John Douglas
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1881
Completed 1884
Materials Red sandstone with bands of lighter stone
Red tiled roof, shingled
Parish Eccleston and Pulford
Deanery Chester
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York

St Mary's Church is in the village of Pulford, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is combined with that of St Mary, Eccleston.[2]


The present church was built on the site of an earlier church between 1881 and 1884. The architect was John Douglas and its expense was met partly by the 1st Duke of Westminster.[3] In the 1990s the spire was destroyed by fire and has been rebuilt.[4]



The church is built in red sandstone with bands of lighter stone.[3] The roofs have red tiles and the spire is shingled. The plan of the church is cruciform and consists of a nave without aisles, a chancel with transepts to the north and south, and a north porch.[1] The south transept forms an organ chamber and vestry.[3] The tower is large and buttressed with a spire and octagonal corner spirelets. The church is designed in Decorated style.[1]


The monochrome reredos is by Shrigley and Hunt. Two of the stained glass windows are by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, and one is by Kempe.[3] On the south wall is a memorial board by the Randle Holme family of Chester to the memory of members of the Burgayney family who died between 1670 and 1693. It had been mislaid during the rebuilding of the church in the 1880s and was rediscovered at an auction some 70 years later by a canon from Chester Cathedral.[5] There is a ring of eight bells, all of which were cast by John Taylor and Company, six of them in 1882 and the other two in 1903.[6]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard is a sundial dated 1702.[7] Also in the churchyard, to the west of the church, is a war grave of a Royal Welsh Fusiliers soldier of World War I.[8] To the south of the church are the earthworks of Pulford Castle.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Mary, Pulford (1138390)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 August 2012 
  2. ^ "Pulford, St Mary the Virgin". Church of England. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 549, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Thornber, Craig (10 May 2003), A Scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities: Pulford, retrieved 27 January 2008 
  5. ^ Venables, John Derek (2008–2009), "A Randle Holme Memorial Board in the Parish Church of St. Mary, Pulford", Cheshire History, 48: 38–40, ISSN 0141-8696 
  6. ^ Pulford S Mary, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 14 August 2008 
  7. ^ Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 169, ISBN 0-907768-18-0 
  8. ^ DAVIES, G A, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013 

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