East Knoyle is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire.
The village lies just west of the A350 approximately 9 miles south of Warminster and 5 miles north from Shaftesbury in Dorset. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace and family home of Sir Christopher Wren who is commemorated on a stone alongside the main road and described as a Mathematician, Architect and Patriot.
The parish includes the hamlets of Milton, Holloway Underhill, Upton and The Green.
East Knoyle was part of the Ancient Hundred of Downton and unusually for England the parish registers survive dating from 1538 and which are housed in the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
St Mary’s Church
The Church of England parish church St Mary’s was began before 1066 (the Norman Conquest) and is Grade I listed. Pevsner described its chancel as “Norman in its bones” and wrote that it’s 17th century plaster decoration a “surprise and delight” …and “that it ought to be the purpose of a visit from every Wiltshire tourist”.
Clouds House is Grade II listed country house northwest of the village . It was built in 1886-91 to designs of Philip Webb for Percy Wyndham and is one of Webbs grandest designs.
Village Life in East Knoyle
The village has a thriving community with activities such as book and gardening clubs, bell ringing, choir, art and theatre groups, moviola, Royal British Legion (ladies and gentlemen).
There is a village hall complete with medieval hall and kitchen which can be hired for events and celebratory occasions. The village has a community owned village shop and post office (Wrens shop) which was opened on 2006 by author Terry Pratchett.
The Fox and Hounds pub
A country 15th century thatched pub with open fires, magnificent picturesque view over the Blackmore Vale together and a warm welcome. Fresh local produce and a fantastic menu with daily specials. Wines and local ales are available and special gluten free meals can be catered for.
Property for Sale in East Knoyle
If you are looking for property for sale in East Knoyle then contact us. We have many listings in the area and will be sure to help you find your perfect rural home.