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Putley (Dedication unknown)

Archdeaconry: HEREFORD
Deanery: LEDBURY
Parish: Putley: (Unknown)
Telephone: (01531) 670801
Address: Putley

Putley Church

Welcome to our Church. The Nave lights are on the left of the main door and the Chancel lights by the door to the vestry; please switch off when you leave. There is a Visitors’ book that we hope you will use. If you have a particular interest in the Church or Churchyard do please give your address.

If there is a more delightfully situated country church In England, I want to see it! Putley's church stands in rural splendour, reflected in a small pond, surrounded by tall trees and farm fields. In such an idyllic setting you might expect to find an ancient church, but the current church (dedication unknown) is largely the work of Victorian architect Thomas Blashill of London, begun in 1875. Blashill's design is a lovely example of 'High Church', or Anglo-Catholic style, incorporating pieces of an earlier medieval church on the site, including several 13th century windows and a piscina of similar age. - Britain Express

Putley Church Services/Events Oct 21 - Jan 22

Year         Month             Day                   Date   Time   Service/Event

2021     October             Monday            4         12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         2nd Sunday     10       11:00   Morning Prayer (CW)

                                         Monday            11       12:00   Midday Prayers

                                         3rd Sunday      17       11:00   Holy Communion (BCP)

                                         Monday            18       12:00   Midday Prayers

                                         4th Sunday       24       11:00  Holy Communion (CW)

                                         Monday             25       12:00  Midday Prayers

2021     November        Monday             1          12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         Monday             8          12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         Thursday           11        11:00  Armistice Service

                                         2nd Sunday      14        10:45  Remembrance Service - British Legion

                                         Monday            15         12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         3rd Sunday       21        11:00  Morning Prayer (CW)

                                         Monday             22        12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         4th Sunday       28         11:00  Holy Communion (CW)

                                         Monday             29         12:00  Midday Prayers

2021    December         Monday              6           12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         2nd Sunday       12         11:00  Morning Prayer (CW)

                                         Monday              13         12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         3rd Sunday        19          tba     9 Lessons & Carols

                                         Monday              20         12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         Friday                  24         15:30  Crib service

                                         Saturday             25         11:00  Christmas Day

2022     January              2nd Sunday        9           11:00  Zoom Morning Prayer (CW)

                                         Monday             10           12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         3rd Sunday       16           11:00  Holy Communion (BCP)

                                         Monday             17           12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         4th Sunday       23           11:00  Holy Communion (CW)

                                         Monday             24           12:00  Midday Prayers

                                         Monday             31           12:00  Midday Prayers


Conservation of the Barrett tomb

The PCC are planning to restore the Barrett Monument, 10 yards south of the church porch. This is listed grade ll by Historic England.

The PCC are keen to hear from any descendants of the deceased’s family.

Please contact Tim Beaumont

Dated 4th March 2021

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At the time of its extensive restoration in 1875/76 Roman remains were found in the very foundations of the North wall. So the Church is built on or near the site of a Roman villa or settlement. Putley was a Saxon manor called Poteslepe* and was held by Tostin at the time of the Conquest. There is however no evidence of a Saxon Church. The original Norman Church on this site which probably covered the same area, but of which only a few remains have been found, is known to have been built by William d'Evreux, around 1100. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 he held the manor of Poteslepe as a feudal tenant of Roger de Lacy who had been granted large tracts of land in Herefordshire. The Domesday entry reads “The same Roger holds Poteslepe. And William of him. Tostin held it. There is one hide geldable. (ie. liable to tax.) On the desmesne are two ploughs and there are two villeins and one bordar with two ploughs. There are two serfs there. It is and was worth twenty shillings.” William gave the patronage of the benefice to the Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral.

* or Potesleche or even Poteslewe or Poteslowe. The Norman scribes had problems in the translation of Saxon letters that had no direct Roman equivalent.

Remains of the original Church

What exactly happened to the original Norman Church is unknown but in 1875/76 the Church was largely rebuilt and that which preceded it had clearly been much altered from the original Norman style. (See the Architect’s drawings of the church before rebuilding). Some of the walls, for instance the south wall of the nave and part of the west wall, were left standing but most were rebuilt. (See the Architect’s new floor plan that differentiates, by colour, between new and retained walls.) Where appropriate original features were rebuilt into the new structure or restored. Some windows and the original mediaeval tie beam and roof which had previously been plastered were clearly retained or reused. Other items were incorporated into the new structure.

History of Putley Church - Click here to read more