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Pauntley is well-known as the probable birthplace of Dick Whittington, whose family owned the manor house here, Pauntley Court, at the time of his birth in the 14th century. Adjacent to the Court is the church of St John the Evangelist with its fine Norman south doorway, with a chevron arch and a carved tympanum of the Dymock school.
is an ancient woodland site and tourist the area contains strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees, with a confusing maze of paths. Puzzlewood is said to be one of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s inspirations for his Lord of the Rings novels.
Puzzlewood was used as a filming location for two episodes of BBC TV show Merlin, Doctor Who and Atlantis. Puzzlewood was recently used as a film location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.