Pulford

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Pulford
St Mary's Church, Pulford.jpg
St Mary's Church
Pulford is located in Cheshire
Pulford
Pulford
Pulford shown within Cheshire
Population 580 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ376589
Civil parish
  • Pulford
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
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
List of places
UK
England
Cheshire
53°07′26″N 2°55′59″W / 53.124°N 2.933°W / 53.124; -2.933Coordinates: 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] increasing to 580 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Pulford Castle, which no longer stands, was a small Norman motte-and-bailey defensive structure. Today, only the mound of the castle remains, just behind the church of S Mary, 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. It 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[which?] as one Hugo. The church's spire is 120 feet high. In the 1980s a fire completely destroyed the roof of the church tower, which was later restored.

The village is home to a large hotel, the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel. Grosvenor is the family name of the Duke of Westminster whose seat is at nearby Eaton Hall.

See also

References

  1. ^ 2001 Census: Pulford, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 27 July 2007 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

External links

Media related to Pulford at Wikimedia Commons


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