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St. Peter Church Knowle

There has certainly been a church here since Domesday (1086) because it uniquely mentions that there was a priest present.  The list of rectors starts at 1327.  The guide book says the original building was "a perfect little cruciform church, with chancel, nave and western tower, and with north and south transepts and a south porch."  However, the reforming zeal of some Victorians simply could not leave it alone, although Pevsner says that the west tower had been rebuilt in 1741.

In 1833 - 41 a new north aisle was constructed and the squints on either side of the chancel arch were cut down to the ground and now form two narrow entrances to the chancel.  Nevertheless, it is a delightful church and has an interesting gallery.

 

 

The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©

 

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