infobox UK place
latitude= 53.124054
longitude= -2.933625
official_name= Pulford
map_type= Cheshire
population = 395
shire_district= Chester
shire_county = Cheshire
region= North West England
country = England
constituency_westminster= City of Chester
post_town= CHESTER
postcode_district = CH4
postcode_area= CH
dial_code= 01244
os_grid_reference= SJ376589

Pulford is a village and civil parish near Chester in the County of Cheshire, situated on the border between England and 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. [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=792500&c=Pulford&d=16&e=15&g=427499&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779Official 2001 Census Figures.] Retrieval date: 27 July, 2007.]

The parish has several notable buildings, including a castle, a church, and a hotel.

A small Norman Motte-and-Bailey Castle 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. The first Rector of the Church is mentioned in ancient records as Hugo. The Church spire is 120 feet high. In the 1980's 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.


ee also

*Pulford Castle
*St Mary's Church, Pulford

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