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Putley, Herefordshire

(52°2′8″N, 2°31′2″W)
SO 646 376
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval not confirmed
  • Ron Baxter
21 June 2006

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Feature Sets

Putley is in East Herefordshire, four miles W of Ledbury. It is a dispersed village, approximately a mile from E to W and consisting of a few house and farms along a network of minor roads, with no clear centre. Roman finds E of the rectory indicate the presence of a villa. The church is more or less in the middle of the village, set in a hilly wooded landscape and surrounded by orchards. To the W is Putley Court and to the N the Brainge; two major houses dating from the early 18thc. The church itself is substantially of 1875-76 but the architect, Thomas Blashill of London, reused some medieval fabric from the old church, including four 13thc. windows, two in the nave and two in the chancel, and a 13thc. piscina. In the course of restoration, more Roman remains (bricks and tiles) were found in the foundations of the N wall.

The only Romanesque sculpture here is a group of carved stones re-set in the blocking of the nave N doorway, facing the exterior. These stones, include attached shafts, cusped window heads and, from the 12thc, a scallop capital and two chevron voussoirs. Most prominent at the apex of the blocking is a small human head, possibly a label stop, of uncertain date. This is described here along with the stones that are certainly 12thc.


Putley was held by Tosti before the Conquest, and in 1086 it was held by William from Roger de Lacy. There was one hide of ploughland at that time and no church was recorded. A church is said to have built by William d’Evreux.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


The capital and voussoirs imply a doorway of c.1120-40.

Ledbury Team Ministry: St Michael’s and St Katherine’s chapel Ledbury, Ashperton, Aylton, Bosbury, Canon Froome, ;Eastnor, Little Marcle, Much Marcle, Munsley, Pixley, Putley, Stoke Edith, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Wellington Heath, Yarkhill and Yatton.


Anon., Putley Church. A Brief History of the Church and Churchyard, Undated pamphlet.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 562-63.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Records 3228, 7465. Now available online at http://www.smr.herefordshire.gov.uk/db.php/p

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire, Harmondsworth 1963, 274-75.