St Mary, East Knoyle, Wiltshire

Feature Sets (3)


The chancel originated in the late 11th or early 12thc., and its north wall bears the scar of an ornamental arcade which formerly existed on the exterior.  On the S side of the chancel there is the outline of a blocked door and window of the 12thc.  The rest of the church is a mixture of 13thc. fabric, a Perpendicular tower and a series of 19thc. additions and restorations. The N transept chapel was enlarged in 1829 and in 1845 the chancel arch was added.  This is also the date for the enlargement of the S chapel.  The church was restored by A W Blomfield in 1876 and the tower by Philip Webb in 1893.


The value of East Knoyle to its lord in 1086 was £30.4, and £28 c. 1070. The Bishop of Winchester held the advowson but it was not appropriated by the Cathedral. In 1298 the rectory was valued at £20.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


The scar of a three-bay decorative arcade survives on the N side of the chancel. None of its sculpture is intact.

Loose Sculpture

Bell tower capital

This is an undecorated capital which is square in plan with chamfered corners. The top of the capital is damaged which may have led to the loss of volutes.


Diameter of shaft 0.18 m
Width of neck 0.25 m
Width of top of capital 0.24 m

Bell tower volute capital

The second fragment is a volute capital in which each volute consists of two scrolls.


Height of capital 0.19 m
Width of bottom of capital 0.22 m
Width of neck 0.28 m
Width of top of capital 0.3 m


An outline of a chancel S window and S door also survive alongside the arcading, but none of their sculpture has survived.


  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The¬†Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 231-32.

  • A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 11, Downton Hundred; Elstub and Everleigh Hundred. Victoria County History,¬†London 1980, 82-98.


Site Location
East Knoyle
National Grid Reference
ST 881 305 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
now: Wiltshire
now: Salisbury
medieval: Salisbury
now: St Mary
medieval: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
2 June 1995