Church Knowle is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Brodle, Creech, Puddle Mill, and Bradle.

Alternative names: Knowle

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1547
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1733

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • East Holme
  • Kingston
  • Corfe Castle
  • Steeple
  • Kimmeridge
  • Wareham

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

KNOWLE, CHURCH (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Wareham and Purbeck, hundred of Hasilor, Wareham division of Dorset, 1 mile (W.) from Corfe-Castle; containing, with the tythings of Bradle and East Creech, 463 inhabitants, of whom 183 are in the tything of Church-Knowle. The parish forms a vale between two ranges of the Purbeck hills, and comprises 3427 acres, chiefly meadow and pasture land; about 1400 acres are common or waste: the soil in general is a stiff loamy clay. In the northern part are pits of pipeclay of the kind used in the manufacture of the Colebrook-Dale china; the produce is carried by means of a small railroad to the mouth of the Froome, and thence is shipped to various quarters. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £17. 17. 6.; net income, £285; patron, Lieut.-Col. Mansel. The church, which is in the early style of architecture, contains 400 sittings.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Church-Knowle, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Church-Knowle, 1733-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Church-Knowle (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Church-Knowle, 1547-1961 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Church-Knowle (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


A Purbeck parish : Church Knowle Author: Tennent, R. J.


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Wareham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Dorchester
  • Poor Law Union: Wareham and Purbeck
  • Hundred: Hasilor
  • Province: Canterbury

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