infobox UK place
population = 395
region= North West England
country = England
constituency_westminster= City of Chester
postcode_district = CH4
Pulford is a
villageand civil parishnear Chesterin the Countyof Cheshire, situated on the borderbetween Englandand 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 Castleexists 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 Garrisonstationed at it, during the revolt of Owain Glyndŵrin 1403
Churchis named after St. Mary. The Church was rebuilt in 1844, to a design by the ArchitectJohn 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 Rectorof 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 Westminsterwhose seat is at nearby Eaton Hall.
St Mary's Church, Pulford
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