Knook, Wiltshire

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Knook, the manor from across the Wylye - - 537765.jpg
River Wylye and Knook Manor
Knook is located in Wiltshire
Knook shown within Wiltshire
Population 77 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST938419
Civil parish
  • Knook
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
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
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51°10′34″N 2°05′24″W / 51.176°N 2.090°W / 51.176; -2.090Coordinates: 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 lies on the east bank of the River Wylye at the edge of Salisbury Plain, about 4 12 miles (7 km) southeast of Warminster, close to 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.


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, with 19 households.[2] The 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]

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.[6]

Parish church[edit]

Church of St Margaret

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Margaret are early Norman, from the late 11th century.[7] They include decorative carved stonework, which is notable in the tympanum to an arched doorway.[8][9] St Margret's was a dependent chapelry of the collegiate church of SS. Peter and Paul, Heytesbury.[10] 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".[11]

The church was restored by William Butterfield in 1874–6, and was designated as Grade I listed in 1968.[12] Parish registers survive from 1687 and are kept at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.[13] The benefice was united with Heytesbury-with-Tytherington in 1885,[14] and today the church is served by the Upper Wylye Valley team.[15]

Local government[edit]

Knook, together with the parish of Heytesbury, elects a parish council called Heytesbury, Imber and Knook.[16] Local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council.


  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. ^ Knook in the Domesday Book
  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. ^ Knook at
  7. ^ "Church of St. Margaret, Knook". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Fletcher 1975, p. 557.
  9. ^ "St Margaret, Knook". Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture. King's College London. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  10. ^ Pugh & Crittall 1956, pp. 389–392.
  11. ^ Marshall, p. 177.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Margaret, Knook (1285068)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Knook at
  14. ^ "No. 25450". The London Gazette. 10 March 1885. p. 1070. 
  15. ^ "St Margaret, Knook". The Upper Wylye Valley Team. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Parish of Heytesbury, Imber, Knook and Tytherington". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 


External links[edit]

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

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