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Puckington, South Somerset, Somerset, England was the home of Alfred Woodland before he came to America. In the fall of 1979 Phil and Dorothy Woodland visited Puckington, On July 1, 1998, Susan Woodland Howard visited the city and on August 18, 2002, her son, Jonathan Howard visited the city. Here are a few of their photos.

The Old Church of St Andrews in Puckington is a Grade II National Monument the following article is from the English Heritage National Monuments Record website.

 Mr Michael Perry

IoE Number: 264452
Photographer: Mr Michael Perry
Date Photographed: 04 February 2003
Date listed: 17 April 1959
Date of last amendment: 17 April 1959
Grade II*


ST31NE PUCKINGTON CP PUCKINGTON VILLAGE 5/1 Church of St Andrew 17.4.59 GV II* Anglican parish church. C13, C15, major C19 restoration. Rubble, some coursed and squared, some random, freestone dressings, tile roofs with fishscale banding, coped verges, cruciform finials. Early English and Perpendicular, restoration in a neo-Eirly English style. Nave, chancel, large mid C19 south transept, south porch, small lean-to north vestry, west tower. Embattled 3- stage tower, set-back buttresses, pinnacles on the corners of the battlements, large gargoyles, broad 2-light bell-chamber windows with louvres, large clockface with gilded numerals and hands to the east. Blank quatrefoils on each face below the parapet, blank 2-light windows to ringing chamber stage; stair-turret to north. Large 4-light transomed west window with labels, fine- cut tracery; west doorway in an emphasised moulded surround, flanking triangular shafts. Two bay nave, 2-light Perpendicular windows to the north, 2 low buttresses. Single bay transept with triple lancet windows, low buttresses. Small porch with a front-facing gable, buttresses, Perpendicular inner and outer doorways. Two bay chancel, 2 and 3-light windows with Decorated tracery, mostly renewed; priest's door to south, and let into the wall 2 C18 memorials. Interior mostly plastered, some scraping to chancel. Lofty panelled Perpendicular tower arch. Simple double-chamfered arches to transept and chancel. Tower with panelled ringing-chamber floor; nave and transept with simple braced collar- beam roofs; chancel under panelled wagon roof. Chancel windows with rere-arches. Chancel with C13 stepped group of piscina and sedilia with continuous mouldings. Norman tub font with cable banding, C19 cover with fine wrought-iron decoration. Some Jacobean woodwork including restored pulpit, fragments of carving incorporated in C19 reader and choir stalls, a chair and a chest. High Gothic decalogue plaques, altar rails, altar, and a chair. Simple pine pews, Two C17 memorials to chancel. Memorial to the Great War. Windows with simple diamond-paned leaded lights, clear glass.


Susan in front of old church in 1998.

Jonathan in front of old church in 2002

St Andrews church

St Andrews church another view

St Andrews church tower

Phil and Dorothy Penrose in doorway

Susan Woodland Howard at St Andrews church

Front door of Church

Puckington Resident fixing flowers inside church

Plaque in Church with Woodland names

Church Interior

Church Organ

More Inside church

Jonathan Howard inside church with organ in background.

Ceiling of church

Plaque in church

Susan Woodland Howard next to grave marker

Note the Celtic Cross on the tombstone

There is a cemetery in the back of the church where many Woodland family members are buried.

Tombstone of Bertie C. Woodland who died Oct 26, 1912 at age 26

Tombstone for Noah Woodland

Celtic Cross.

Detail of tombstone.

Chruch grave yard

More church grave markers

Base of grave marker.

Church graveyard.

Church grave yard.

Side of church

Longer view.