West Knoyle

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West Knoyle
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Telephone box, West Knoyle
Grid reference: ST858325
Location: 51°5’31"N, 2°12’14"W
Population: 146  (2011[1])
Post town: Warminster
Postcode: BA12
Dialling code: 01747
Local Government
Council: Wiltshire
South West Wiltshire
Website: West Knoyle

West Knoyle is a small village and parish in south-west Wiltshire, close to the southern edge of Salisbury Plain. The village is about 2½ miles east of Mere and eight miles south of Warminster. The A303 trunk road passes about ¾ mile north of the village. The parish was formerly named Knoyle Hodierne, after Hodierna of St Albans, wet nurse of Richard I, who had an estate at Chippenham.[2]

The Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin is Grade II* listed.[3] It has 13th-century origins and was restored in 1876-78.

The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath passes through the village. Hang Wood, to the south-east, is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.


  1. "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcensus.php?item=West%20Knoyle. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. Chronica magistri Rogeri de Houedene. Rolls Series. William Stubbs (ed.). London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. p. xviii. 
  3. National Heritage List England no. 1199597: Church of St Mary the Virgin, West Knoyle (Historic England)

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