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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

Ukrainian Appeal - Please help if you can

Putley Church will be a donation drop off point where items can be put in a box by the door and the box will be taken to the centre each week. This may be a long-term arrangement but the church is open daily and so easy to access with your donations when you can.

The items that are needed are-

Toiletries: Deodorant, Antiseptic creams, Sterile gloves, First aid equipment

Pet: Dog/cat food in tins, Collars and leads

Most needed: cling film, Batteries, Hand held torches, Camping cups, Tin openers, Canned food with long life date

As well as this, the Association of Ukrainian Women are collecting bandages, baby and adult toiletries, ladies hygiene products, paracetamol and Ibuprofen for adults and similar medications for children. The nearest collecting point is Ledbury Swimming pool.

Putley Church Services/Events Oct 21 - Jan 22

Year    Month     Day    Date  Time  Service

2022 February   Monday 7 12:00 Midday Prayers

                      2nd Sunday 13 11:00 Zoom Morning Prayer (CW)

                             Monday 14 12:00 Midday Prayers

                       3rd Sunday 20 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                            Monday 21 12:00 Midday Prayers

                       4th Sunday 27 11:00 Holy Communion (CW)

                            Monday 28 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 March       Monday  7 12:00 Midday Prayers

                      2nd Sunday 13 11:00 Zoom Morning Prayer (CW)

                            Monday 14 12:00 Midday Prayers

                      3rd Sunday 20 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                           Monday 21 12:00 Midday Prayers

                     4th Sunday 27 11:00 Holy Communion (CW)

                           Monday 28 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 April        Monday  4 12:00 Midday Prayers

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

                          Monday 11 12:00 Midday Prayers

                             Friday 15 Good Friday Meditation?

                    3rd Sunday 17 11:00 Easter Sunday Communion

                          Monday 18 12:00 Midday Prayers

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

                          Monday 25 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 May        Monday 2 12:00 Midday Prayers

                   2nd Sunday 8 11:00 Morning Prayer (CW)

                         Monday 9 12:00 Midday Prayers

                    3rd Sunday 15 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                         Monday 16 12:00 Midday Prayers

                   4th Sunday 22 11:00 Holy Communion (CW)

                         Monday 23 12:00 Midday Prayers

                        Monday 30 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 June      Monday 6 12:00 Midday Prayers

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

                       Monday 13 12:00 Midday Prayers

                 3rd Sunday 19 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                       Monday 20 12:00 Midday Prayers

                 4th Sunday 26 11:00 Holy Communion (CW)

                      Monday 27 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 July      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

2022 August Monday   1 12:00 Midday Prayers

                       Monday   8 12:00 Midday Prayers

                2nd Sunday 14 11:00 Morning Prayer (CW)

                      Monday  15 12:00 Midday Prayers

                 3rd Sunday  21 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                       Monday  22 12:00 Midday Prayers

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

                       Monday  29 12:00 Midday Prayers

2022 Sept     Monday    5 12:00 Midday Prayers

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

                       Monday 12 12:00 Midday Prayers

                 3rd Sunday 18 11:00 Holy Communion (BCP)

                       Monday 19 12:00 Midday Prayers

                 4th Sunday 25 11:00 Holy Communion (CW)

                       Monday 26 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