WILTSHIRE MILTON Village Circa 1908

East Knoyle is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Upton, Milton, and Knoyle.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, and Primitive Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KNOYLE (EAST), a village and a parish in Mere district, Wilts. The village stands 2½ miles N by W of Semley r. station, and 2½ SW by S of Hindon; and has a post-office under Salisbury.

The parish comprises the tythings of Knoyle, Milton, and Upton. Acres, 5,558. Real property with Pertwood, £7,541. Rated property of E. K. alone, £6,381. Pop., 1,034. Houses, 240. The property is divided among a few.

The manor belongs to the Bishop of Winchester. Knoyle House is the seat of H. D. Seymour, Esq.; and contains an interesting collection of pictures.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £851. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is ancient, cruciform, and good; and has a modern nave, and an embattled tower. There are chapels for Independents and Primitive Methodists, a national school, and charities £76.

Sir Christopher Wren was a native, and his father was rector.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

KNOYLE, EAST (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Mere, hundred of Downton, Hindon and S. divisions of the county of Wilts, 2¼ miles (S. W.) from Hindon; containing, with the tythings of Milton and Upton, 1038 inhabitants, of whom 541 are in the tything of Knoyle.

The parish comprises 5558 acres, of which 125 are common or waste land.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £30, and in the gift of the Bishop of Winchester: the tithes have been commuted for £910, and the glebe comprises 111 acres. The gallery of the church has been enlarged. There is a place of worship for Baptists. The sum of £11 per annum, arising from bequests, is applied towards the support of a school; and there is a fund of about £80 per annum, left by various persons, for apprenticing children, and for the benefit of the poor.

The celebrated architect, Sir Christopher Wren, was a native of the parish, of which his father was rector.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Registers

Marriages at East Knoyle 1538-1812

Marriages Out of Parish

Details Place of Marriage
James Parker, b., of East Knowle, & Ann White, sp. 2 July 1758 Bratton Wiltshire
Christopher Maidment, of East Knoyle, & Margret Curtise 17 July 1701 Mere
Anthony Jo. George, of East Knoyl, & Jane Hilgrove 24 May 1703 Mere
Daniel Davidge, of Batcombe [Batcombe written over East Knoyle erased], Somerset, & Anne Deveril, of M. 5 Mar. 1704/5 Mere
William Rickets, of E. Knoil, & Katherine Preston, of W. Knoile 19 Apr. 1713 Mere
Thomas Alford, of M., & Sarah Strong, of E. Knoile 29 July 1717 Mere
Brether Snook & Mary Cheesman, both of East Knoil 21 May 1724 Mere
Richard Lush & Melior Lyde, of East Knoyle 13 Jan. 1724/5 Mere
Edward Oburn & Mary White, of E. Knoile 11 Oct. 1726 Mere
Joseph Ceril, of M., & Mary Guire, of East Knoyle 19 Sept. 1738 Mere
Robert Ford, of East Knoyle, & Edith Sprakland, of Cucklington 9 Apr. 1739 Mere
William Farret, of East Knoyle, & Mary Cowerd, of M. 21 June 1752 Mere

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for East Knoyle, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms of 13 parishes, Mere and S.W. Wiltshire Author: Wiltshire Family History Society

Births, 1821-1837 Author: Particular Baptist Church (East Knoyle, Wiltshire); Particular Baptist Church (Semley, Wiltshire)

Births, 1821-1837 Author: Particular Baptist Church (East Knoyle, Wiltshire); Particular Baptist Church (Semley, Wiltshire)

The bishop’s transcripts and parish registers of East Knoyle, baptisms & burials, 1538-1837 Author: Ainge, Don; Wiltshire Family History Society; Church of England. Parish Church of East Knoyle (Wiltshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for East Knoyle, 1599-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of East Knoyle (Wiltshire)

Church records, 1824-1952 Author: Knoyle and Semley Baptist Chapel (Wiltshire)

Marriages at East Knoyle, 1538-1812 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of East Knoyle (Wiltshire)

Parish register transcripts, 1813-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of East Knoyle (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for East Knoyle, 1538-1907 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of East Knoyle (Wiltshire)

Manors – Court Records

Court records for the manor of Downton, 1382-1862 Author: Manor of Downton. Court (Wiltshire)

Manor court rolls in Knoyle, Wiltshire, 1717-1745 Author: Manor of Knoyle. Court (Wiltshire)


Land tax assessments in East Knoyle, Wiltshire 1740-1876 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Window tax for East Knoyle, Wiltshire, 1771 Author: Great Britain. Exchequer


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Mere
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Mere
  • Hundred: Downton
  • Province: Canterbury

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