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Interactive tour: Pucklechurch


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Archaeologist and Pucklechurch resident, Gail Boyle, takes us on a tour of the South Gloucestershire village which dates back to Saxon times, was the home of Cold War spies and explorers and the site of the violent death of a king.


Pucklechurch walk mapRecreation Ground/Start PointKing's FieldBarrage BalloonsCrossroadsOutside the ChurchInside the ChurchTombstonesOutside the ChurchMoat HouseParkfield Rank


1. Recreation Ground/Start Point


Recreation Ground in Pucklechurch


Archaeologist and Pucklechurch resident, Gail Boyle, takes us on a tour of the South Gloucestershire village which dates back to Saxon times, was the home of Cold War spies and explorers and the site of the violent death of a king. She begins the tour at the recreation ground which has long been the centre of the community.



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2. Moat House


The Moat House in Pucklechurch


The Moat House is thought to have been the village's Manor House and is one of several large historic buildings in Pucklechurch. It is sited next to Kings Lane where King Edmund's body is said to have passed through on its way to burial at Glastonbury.



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3. Church Outside


The Church in Pucklechurch


Gail describes the Norman church of St Thomas à Becket and its unusual sun dial.



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4. Church Inside


The Church in Pucklechurch


Gail takes a look at some of the interesting plaques to be found inside St Thomas à Becket and its Millennium stained glass window and finds out more about Cold War spies in the village.



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5. War Memorial


War Memorial in Pucklechurch


Wrought iron gates at the entrance to The Church of St Thomas à Becket commemorate those villagers who died during WWI and II. Gail tells us more about the standing of the village at the edge of Green Belt land.



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6. Tombstones


Tombstones in Pucklechurch graveyard


Researching more about the village of Pucklechurch for an overseas descendant, Gail discovered The Swayne family whose remains lie in the churchyard. They include Sir Eric John Eagles Swayne, Commander in chief of Swaziland and Governor of British Honduras and his remarkable family.



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7. Parkfield Rank


A row of houses on Parkfield Rank


In 1851 Sir Handel Cossham set up a colliery at the southern edge of Pucklechurch and build a rank of cottages for the workers. Coal was reached in 1853 and the population of the village tripled. The Colliery closed in 1936.



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8. Crossroads


Buildings on the village crossroads


Gail tells us about The White Hart coaching Inn and the village Crossroads.



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9. King's Field


King's Field in Pucklechurch


In AD946 Saxon King Edmund was murdered at his palace in Pucklechurch. Could this field be the site of the brutal slaying?



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10. Barrage Balloons (formerly RAF Pucklechurch)


Former RAF hangar in Pucklechurch


At the edge of the village is Ashfield Young Offenders Institute, the first of its kind to be privatised - and next to it the former site of the Number 11 Balloon Centre whose barrage balloons protected Bristol and the docks during WWII.



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