Church Knowle             

 


Church Knowle
is a parish in the Isle of Purbeck and is four miles S.E. of Wareham and about a mile west of Corfe Castle. In 1898 the acreage was 2,920 with various soil and overlying chalk.

The Saxons named the village 'cnolle' which signifies a top of a hill and in the Domesday Book the village was called Glole.

The 13th century church of St Peter which has been partly rebuilt is in the early English style and consists of a nave and chancel and a square unbuttressed tower. It has stone walls, a stone slate roof with coped gables and the tower which was rebuilt in 1740 using the old stones has a trinity of bells.

The population in 1891 was 581. In 1991 it was 329.

Listen to the bells of St Peter and read the history of the church displayed for the public by the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo displayed with kind permission of Chris Rumbold

 

 

The Online Parish Clerk for Church Knowle is Sue Mills

Any enquiries please contact by email at the following:

I am an unpaid volunteer willing to assist others with their genealogical research
and should in no way be confused with the County Council appointed Parish Clerk.

I live in Western Australia.

 

 

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  17th Century Records
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  Parish Registers
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  • Marriages - 1560 - 1841
      
    Transcription - Barry Chinchen

1560 - 1841
 

  • Burials - 1558 - 1841
     
    Transcription - Barry Chinchen


    
    1558 - 17281729 - 1841
 

 

 


  Militia List :

  • Some Purbeck Militia Lists - 1759
     

  • Purbeck Militia List - 1798
    by Kim Parker
     

  • Church Knowle Militia List - 1798

 

 


  Census Returns
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  Wills :

  • George Fry's Dorset Administration List - PCC     ***NEW***
     

  • Calendar of Wills and Administrations - Archdeaconry and Consistory Court - 1668 - 1850
     

  • Abstracts of Archdeaconry Court of Dorset Wills - Page 1
     

  • Will of John Brown of Wareham - names areas around Church Knowle

 

 


  Directories :

  • Church Knowle Trade Directories Index - 1849 - 1939
    By John Patrick   
  • Post Office Directory - 1867

  • Kelly's Directory - 1895 

  • Kelly's Directory - 1915

 

 


  Maps :

  • Tresswell's Map C 1586

 

 


  Photos :

  • Purbeck Folk  - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

  • Memorial Inscriptions - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

 

 


  This and That :

 

 


  Suggested Reading :

 

 


  Researchers :
   

  • List of those researching in Purbeck
    To be added to the list contact

 

 


  Links :

  • List of Purbeck Stone Mines - 1896

  • Obituaries from the Fortnightly Returns of the
    Operative Society of Masons, Quarrymen and
    Allied Trades of England and Wales
    ***NEW***

 

 

 



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