Dorset’s Archaeology in 150 Words #11: Knowlton Church



An iconic medieval ruin set in a Neolithic henge monument (to be discussed in a future post), Knowlton Church is a small flint and stone built 12th century church which ceased to be used from the 17th century onwards.

Norman architecture is plentiful with a Romanesque chancel arch, and the rounded arches of the arcading of the north aisle. The west tower is 15th century and clearly demonstrates where the church roof once resided on its eastern side. A lady chapel at the east end and a porch on the southern nave wall are in remains of wall footings only.

The church was in use in 1550 but gone out of use by the middle of the 17th century. In 1659 an attempt was made to demolish it but churchwardens prevented this from taking place. Later in the 18th century the roof fell in and the church was abandoned.

The site is now in the guardianship of English Heritage:


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