Knook, Wiltshire

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St Margaret's parish church
Knook is located in Wiltshire
 Knook shown within Wiltshire
Population 77 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST938419
Civil parish Knook
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warminster
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01985
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
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Coordinates: 51°10′34″N 2°05′24″W / 51.176°N 2.090°W / 51.176; -2.090

Knook is a small village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The village is on the River Wylye at the edge of Salisbury Plain, about 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Warminster, on the A36 road to Salisbury.

The parish includes Knook Camp, an accommodation centre for the Salisbury Plain military training area, part of the Defence Training Estate.

Local government[edit]

Knook, together with Heytesbury, Tytherington and Imber (the last of which has no residents) elects a parish council called Heytesbury, Imber and Knook.[2] Local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council.


Main article: Knook Castle

The Iron Age hillfort known as Knook Castle is in the adjacent parish of Upton Lovell.


The Domesday Book of 1086 records the manor of Knook as Cunuche, and its entry mentions a woman of the manor called Leofgyth "who made gold embroideries for the king and queen and still does so".[3]

Much of the present manor house was built in 1637.[4] It is Grade I listed.[5]

Parish church[edit]

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Margaret are early Norman, from the late 11th century.[6] They include decorative carved stonework, which is notable in the tympanum to an arched doorway.[7] St Margret's was a dependent chapelry of the collegiate church of SS. Peter and Paul, Heytesbury.[8] A monumental inscription at St Margaret's dating from 1592 asks "Of your cheriti praye for ye soule of Iohn Morgan Gentleman and Elinor his wife with all thaire progenitors and all Christians amen".[9]

The church is Grade II* listed.[10] Parish registers survive from 1687 and are kept in the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives.[11]

Imperial Gazetteer entry[edit]

John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870–1872) described Knook as follows:

KNOOK, a parish, with a village, in Warminster district, Wilts; on the river Wiley, the Old Ditch way, and the Somerset and Weymouth railway, 1 mile SE of Heytesbury r. station. Post town, Heytesbury, under Bath. Acres, 1,440. Real property, £1,342. Pop., 208. Houses, 46. The property belongs chiefly to Lord Heytesbury. Knook Castle is an ancient single ditched entrenchment, of about 2 acres; is supposed to have been originally a British village, and afterwards a Roman summer camp; and has yielded Roman coins. Traces of another ancient British village are to the N. "The site of these villages," says Sir R.Hoare, "is decidedly marked by great cavities and a black soil; and the attentive eye may easily trace out the lines of houses and the streets, or rather the hollow ways, conducting to them. Numerous tumuli and barrows are in the neighbourhood." The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the p. curacy of Heytesbury, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church, in Aug., 1866 was about to be repaired.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  Note ONS raw data (as opposed to this County Council figure) is for an area 'too small to publish all data for reasons of confidentiality of living people' its parish data being combined with Heytesbury into output area E00163602 so more demographic statistics will become available in a few decades from 2011
  2. ^ "Parish of Heytesbury, Imber, Knook and Tytherington". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Wood 1986, p. 10.
  4. ^ Pevsner & Cherry 1975, p. 283.
  5. ^ Historic England. "The Manor House, Knook (1364327)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Church of St. Margaret, Knook". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Fletcher 1975, p. 557.
  8. ^ Pugh & Crittall 1956, pp. 389–392.
  9. ^ Marshall, p. 177.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Margaret, Knook (1285068)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Knook at
  12. ^ Knook at


External links[edit]

  • "Knook". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  • Knook at Google Maps

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