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St.Mary’s, is an attractive 14th Century
Grade I listed church, set within farmland. The square tower is embellished
with a chequered pattern in flint stones and houses three bells. At
least two earlier churches are known to have stood on the same site,
and it is thought that there has been a Christian population at Puttenham
for over twelve hundred years. The history of the de Puttenham family
(now known as Putnam and mostly living in America) is well recorded,
as is the history of the village which not only has an entry in the
Doomsday Book, but is also noted as one of “The Thankful Villages”
after the First World War, when every member of the village returned
safely without loss. There is a tablet to this effect within the church.
The nave has a tie-beam roof embellished with heraldic shields and is
supported by carved bishops, saints and angels.
Currently, services are held twice a month – second Sunday 8.15
a.m. BCP Holy Communion and fourth Sunday, 3.30 p.m. BCP Evensong which
is followed by a full afternoon tea within the church. This pattern
of services seems to work well as St. Mary’s congregation is made
of from not only a few residents of Puttenham itself, but also from
the surrounding areas, especially those who wish to seek out a BCP service.
The village population is very small – for many years not exceeding
more than 70, but with some
recent barn conversions, this a risen to about 100 (This also includes
Astrope, as hamlet of Puttenham,
Apart from the church, Puttenham and Astrope are purely residential
with scattered groups of houses surrounded by farmland.
We are also able to boast an excellent Church Hall (Cecilia Hall) which
is sited on the edge of
the churchyard. The proceeds from the sale of a bungalow were left to
The Friends of Puttenham
Church by our late church secretary for the purpose of building a church
hall. It was attractively
designed to compliment the church and was consecrated by the Bishop
of Hertford in 1991.