"the Putney Debates on liberty of conscience were held in St Mary's Church"

The Putney Debates were a series of discussions that took place in 1647, during the English Civil War, concerning a new constitution for England. The participants of these Debates were members of the New Model Army (the Parliamentarian army), and the Levellers - political radicals whose manifesto included religious tolerance, extended suffrage, and sovereignty of the people.

The Debates took place at St Mary's Church, Putney, where there is now a permanent exhibition about this historic event.