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Other history documents

A variety of documents and photos relating to the history of St Mary's Church Purton has been gathered together on this page.  These documents include a very comprehensive history and guide prepared by Canon Roy Blake in 1982 which can be downloaded in pdf format. 

 St Mary's Church, Purton - Detailed History and Guide

This 33 page booklet, originally prepared in 1982 by Canon Roy Blake (Vicar 1974-93), provides the most detailed history and guide to the church. A 7th edition is planned for 2024, largely to provide an update following the internal renewal work in 2020/21.

4th edition 2001

6th edition 2015 

The Church of St Mary Purton - Illustrated Guide

The date of this illustrated guide is unknown but was post 1935 and during the period when Rev Norman Willis was vicar (1927-1974).


Three early photos of the exterior of the church (dates unknown)


Church view from North inside Manor House garden before trees had grown.

Church view from South.

Church view from West shortly after box trees in front of Manor House had been planted.