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Knook Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Boyton - Chitterne All Saints - Heytesbury - Imber - Upton Lovell


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Knook.
Knook, Tytherington, Imber & Heytesbury - Villages Website.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Old Maps - Historical Map archive showing Knook.


The Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

The parish church of St. Margaret dates from at least the 11th century. Its most striking feature is the tympanum above the blocked up exterior doorway of the south wall. The church was rebuilt in 1740 & was later restored in 1875 by William Butterfield.

St. Margaret of Antioch Gallery                 Churchyard Gallery

Church Features of Interest Churchyard Survey Incumbents List 1789-1836
Money Raised for Restoration 1840 Ecclesiastical Commissioners of Poorer Benefices 1848 Church Appointments & Ordinations 1853-1980
Friendly Society Gift to Rev. John Knight 1854 Salisbury Infirmary Congregational Collections 1858-1866 Anti-ritualism Meeting at Warminster Attendees 1867
Salisbury Diocesan Church Building Association Meeting 1867    

Church Memorials

Ann & Jane Brounker & Anne Thring 1775-1820 Mary Esther & Margaret Crichton-Maitland 1875-1961 & 1885-1979 Lady Heytesbury 1874
Major-General Christopher Godfrey Lipscomb 1907-1982 John & Elinor Morgan 1592  

Parish Register Transcripts



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms   1687-1983
Marriages   1695-1961
Burials   1687-1982


Parish History

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

Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Warminster Registration District


Population Figures 1801-2011


Buildings and Land

Domesday Book Entry UK Land Tax Redemption 1798 Hydrophobia at Knook 1834
Storms 1834 & 1851 Land for Railway 1844 & 1847 Weather 1854
Rick Fire 1878 Large Draught of Fish from River Wylye 1886  

Ancient Monuments

Knook has 3 Ancient Monuments in it's area.

Ancient Monuments           Artefacts found at Knook-Upton Lovell

Listed Buildings

Grade I - Buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest

The Manor House

Grade II* - Buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest

Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

Grade II - Buildings are nationally important and of special interest
Boundary Post Opposite Road to Chitterne & B39 East Farmhouse 15, Knook
16, Knook 17, Knook West Farmhouse


Property For Auction, Sale or Sold

For Sale Knook Manor For Sale 1985


Crime and Legal Matters

Wilts Quarter Sessions 1614 Knook Man Helps to Apprehend Highway Robber 1716 Wilts Quarter Sessions 1728-1890
Committed to Fisherton Gaol 1819-1847 Committed to Gaol 1820-1870 Committed to Devizes House of Corrections 1825-1874
Obadiah Green, Baker Fined 1826 Caution for Fire at Knook 1830 Rioters at Knook 1830
John Turner, Death Sentence for Robbery 1837 Thieves at Knook 1837 James Chapman - Acquitted of Stealing Hay 1839
Committed to New Prison, Devizes 1839-1874 James Coles Transportation for Stealing Hay 1842  
Non-payment of Highway Rate 1864 Jane Williams Aged 10 Prosecuted by Her Father 1870  



Post Office 1849 Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Harrods 1865 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875
Kellys 1880 Kellys 1889 Kellys 1895 Kellys 1898 Kellys 1903 Kellys 1907
Kellys 1911 Kellys 1915 Kellys 1920 Kellys 1927 Kellys 1939  




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture & Gamekeeping

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807 Gamekeepers Certificates 1824-1848 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834
Sale of Farm Stock at Fisherton Delamere 1872 South Wilts Chamber of Agriculture Attendees 1883 & 1888 Sale of Farming Stock 1883


Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices 1710-1811            Wiltshire Society Apprentices 1866

General Items

Warminster Industrial Exhibition 1869

Markets & Shows

Ram Lamb Sales 1867-1868 Yarnborough Castle Fair Sheep Sale 1870 & 1872 Westbury Hill Fair Sheep Sale 1872 & 1890
Devizes Wool Fair 1888 & 1890 Marlborough Fair Sheep Sales 1889 Important Sale of Stock at Coulston 1890


Isaac Flower, House Surgeon of Middlesex Hospital 1833-1834


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

There has never been a Non-conformist chapel at Knook, however, in 1818 some Independents applied for a licence to hold services in a private dwelling.


People and Parish Notables

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 >Hunting Notices 1832-1863 Child Burnt 1835
Warminster & South Wilts Farmers Club 1841 & 1883 Description of the People & Place of Knook 1842  
Horse Race near Knook Knoll 1852 Letter to Editor Regarding Rev. John Knight of Heytesbury 1867  


Mr. Gifford Thrown from a Horse 1872

Census Returns Transcripts

1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911

Elections, Polls and Taxes

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Poll Book 1865                 Voters Left off County Council Lists 1890

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849         Family Notices 1850-1899            Family Notices 1900 - Present

Inquest Reports

Mrs. Parham 1840 Alfred Andrews 1849 Joshua Baron 1858
William Collins 1858 Jane Farr 1859 John Whatley 1860
Herbert Doughty 1935 Violet Morgan 1942  


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Knook came under the jurisdiction of Warminster Poor Law Union, Heytesbury district. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, usually one representing a constituent parish. Overseers of the Poor was the previous term used but their roles were similar in that they administered poor relief such as money, food and clothing as part of the Poor Law system. Usually Churchwardens or Landowners were selected for these roles.

Wiltshire Removal Orders 1670-1890 Guardians & Overseers of the Poor Elected 1835-1890 Christmas Food for Parishioners 1835
Election of Guardians for Parishes in the Warminster Union 1836 Paupers Recorded  in Census Returns 1841-190 Lord Heytesbury's Donation to the Poor 1847


Probate Index at WSHC 1602-1840


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Records of Armed Forces - Army 1807-1827 Rifle Corps 1860 Aid to Sick & Wounded in War Meeting 1870
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services 1874 Why the Poppy Soldier Served in WWI, Arthur Stanley Morgan
Wiltshire Regt. to be New Demonstration Battalion 1953 Royal Visits to the Military 1954-1975  

WWI Casualties

Alfred Grace 1914           Arthur John Johnson 1915




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