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Church Knowle, Dorset

Historical Description

Church-Knowle, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1¼ mile WSW of Corfe-Castle station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes the tithings of Bradle and Creech, and the hamlet of Furzebrook. Post town, Corfe-Castle, under Wareham; money order and telegraph office, Corfe-Castle. Acreage, 2922; population, 581. The remains of a Roman villa were discovered at Creech in 1889. Large quantities of pottery clay are raised from the Furzebrook pits, and the marl beds of Knowle Hill yield an excellent material for the manufacture of cement. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £167 with residence. Patron, Lieut-Col. Mansel. The church dates from the 13th century, and has been recently restored.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishChurch Knowle St. Peter 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtCorfe Castle 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1547. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is an ancient edifice of stone of the 13th century, partly rebuilt, and consisting of chancel, nave, south transept, south porch and a western tower containing 3 bells: in the nave is a monument to the Clavel family: the chancel was thoroughly restored in 1891: there are 270 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Church Knowle was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Church Knowle from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Church Knowle are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH20
Post TownWareham