River Wylye and Knook Manor
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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 1⁄2 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 Domesday Book of 1086 records the manor of Knook as Cunuche, with 19 households. The entry mentions a woman of the manor called Leofgyth "who made gold embroideries for the king and queen and still does so".
Imperial Gazetteer entry
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.
The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Margaret are early Norman, from the late 11th century. They include decorative carved stonework, which is notable in the tympanum to an arched doorway. St Margret's was a dependent chapelry of the collegiate church of SS. Peter and Paul, Heytesbury. 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".
The church was restored by William Butterfield in 1874–6, and was designated as Grade I listed in 1968. Parish registers survive from 1687 and are kept at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. The benefice was united with Heytesbury-with-Tytherington in 1885, and today the church is served by the Upper Wylye Valley team.
- "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
- Knook in the Domesday Book
- Wood 1986, p. 10.
- Pevsner & Cherry 1975, p. 283.
- Historic England. "The Manor House, Knook (1364327)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Knook at visionofbritain.org.uk
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- Fletcher 1975, p. 557.
- "St Margaret, Knook". Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture. King's College London. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Pugh & Crittall 1956, pp. 389–392.
- Marshall, p. 177.
- Historic England. "Church of St Margaret, Knook (1285068)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- Knook at genuki.org.uk
- "No. 25450". The London Gazette. 10 March 1885. p. 1070.
- "St Margaret, Knook". The Upper Wylye Valley Team. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- "Parish of Heytesbury, Imber, Knook and Tytherington". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Fletcher, Banister (1975). Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. p. 557.[clarification needed]
- Marshall, Peter. Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England. p. 177.[clarification needed]
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) . Wiltshire. The Buildings of England (2nd ed.). Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 282–283. ISBN 0-14-071026-4.
- Pugh, R.B.; Crittall, Elizabeth, eds. (1956). "The Collegiate Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Heytesbury". A History of the County of Wiltshire. Victoria County History. 3. pp. 389–392.
- Wood, Michael (1986). Domesday: a Search for the Roots of England. London: BBC Publications. p. 10.
- "Knook". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Knook at Google Maps
Media related to Knook at Wikimedia Commons