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West Knoyle, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Knoyle, West, a parish in Wiltshire, 3 miles E of Mere, and 5 NNW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Mere, under Bath. Acreage, 2015; population, 158. The property all belongs to the Hoare family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £290 with residence, the rectorial tithes having been given to the living by the Earl of Pembroke. The church, excepting the tower, which is ancient and of great beauty, being pinnacled, was rebuilt in 1878.

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 CountyWiltshire 
Poor Law unionMere 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at West Knoyle 1719-1837, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1718, those of earlier date having been burnt.

Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for West Knoyle:



Church of England

St. Mary the Virgin (parish church)

The church of St. Mary the Virgin is an edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, and was rebuilt, except the tower, in 1878: it consists of chancel, nave, vestry and organ-chamber, south porch and a Perpendicular embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 5 bells: there are stained windows and tablets to the Willoughby family: the church has sittings for 110 persons.
St. Mary the Virgin, West Knoyle
Photo © Emma Batty-Smith

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Knoyle from the following:


Online maps of West Knoyle are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online:

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA12
Post TownWarminster