St Mary

East Knoyle is known for its connection with Sir Christopher Wren, who was born in a cottage in the village in 1632.

About this church

His father (also called Christopher) was Rector of the 13th century church, and would have known the battlemented tower which dates from about 1450. Dr Wren commissioned the ornate pictorial plasterwork in the chancel, only to have it used as evidence against him at his trial during the Civil War, the Puritans considereding it idolatrous. He lost his living but, remarkably, the plasterwork has survived.

More recent additions to the church include a 20th century window by architect and artist Sir Ninian Comper, and a recent window that commemorates the millennium.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Other nearby churches

St Andrew

A Grade 2* listed church with much to commend a visit.

St Mary

Tucked away on opposite sides of the Nadder valley, the Donhead parishes once made up an estate that belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey.

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