Pulford & Poulton

Local History Group

Exploring the History of our Local Area

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Welcome to the Pulford & Poulton Local History Group

From its beginning in 2000 the History Group has maintained a programme of monthly talks from guest speakers on a host of local history topics. Although we have not been able to continue our full programme during the pandemic we are restarting talks in October, 2021.

Visits to local places of interest also feature in the group’s programme.

The group manages an archive available to members of local historical documents and photographs that have been donated by local people.

The local history group is involved in encouraging research into the history of Cheshire, and spreading the enjoyment of knowing about it, especially as it applies to Pulford and Poulton. This website gives an introduction to this history from the earliest days to the present.

See our programme for the 2021/22 and previous seasons

Read articles from our extensive archive

Find out about Pulford and Poulton Local History Group

We are back!

We are planning to restart our programme of monthly lectures in October. We will be following Government guidance for indoor meetings to ensure everyone's comfort and safety.

Wednesday 20th October

"What The Butler Saw'd: A Timber Castle At Poulton?"

by Dr. Rachel Sparrow and Matthew Thomas

Wednesday 17th November

"The Geology of Chester"

by Peter Elliott

What The Butler Saw’d: A Timber Castle At Poulton?

In December 2015, Matthew Thomas, then a first year undergraduate on the Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Archaeology at the University of Chester, identified what appears to have been a mound and related earthworks on the 1875 First Edition OS map in Poulton, West Cheshire (NGR SJ4033 5904). The mound no longer exists, probably because it disappeared following the creation of Poulton Airfield during the Second World War, which is now disused. By 2016, Matt and Dr Rachel Swallow (Honorary Research Fellow at both universities of Chester and Liverpool), had jointly researched and published the story of the mound in the Cheshire History Journal. Both concluded that it is highly probable that a ‘new’ castle has been discovered at Poulton for medieval Cheshire. Come on 20th October to our first talk and hear more about the story from the authors, and how it all unfurled!

Future meetings in 2020 will be announced when speakers have been confirmed.