St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

East Knoyle Church

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, a Grade 1 listed building, has been at the heart of parish life for over a thousand years. The oldest part of the structure is the chancel, on the outside north wall of which there is pre-Norman 'blind arcading'. The nave dates from the 13th century and the tower from about 1450. The six bells are rung as regularly as possible. The plasterwork in the chancel is unique. It was designed by Dr Wren, a 17th century rector, whose famous son, Christopher, was born in the village.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: Pilgrim Service at 9.45 am. Evensong at 6.00 pm
  • Second Sunday of the month: BCP Matins at 11.00 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: BCP Communion at 8.30 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the Church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to Find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.


Wren 300, East Knoyle - 2023

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In the early spring of the year 2023, it is the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren's death. The sign on the A350 tells us that East Knoyle is the birthplace of Britain's most famous architect and we plan to celebrate this in February twelve months' hence. The format of the commemoration is not yet decided but we are in touch with St Paul's Cathedral to provide someone to be involved in a service and hopefully to talk about Sir Christopher.

What we would like to do is form a small group to organise things well in advance so that we make the most of this opportunity which we imagine will have a large push in London and we should be part of it. Certain skills are needed which will abound in the village. We need managerial, I.T., marketing, advertising and all sorts of other latent talents and ask that a few might offer their services to kickstart our plans.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact John by clicking here and when the new window opens, click on the 'Contact Form' tab to send John a message.


Coffee Mornings, East Knoyle - Fourth Tuesday in Month

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The Coffee Morning in the Church Cafe, East Knoyle

on the fourth Tuesday of each month

from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

The Cafe is situated in front of the Kitchen in the south aisle of St Mary's church.

Pop in for coffee (or tea !) and biscuits

Everyone is welcome !!

Why not come and join us - meet up with old friends and perhaps make new ones.

Dates when the the Coffee in the Church Cafe sessions are being held are shown on the Benefice Calendar here.

Church Cafe


T@3 Each Month - East Knoyle

We still need to decide when we can restart T@3 - please keep checking this web page for the latest information !

cup of tea sSt Mary's Church, East Knoyle, holds "T@3" on the second Thursday in each month from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the Medieval Room at East Knoyle Village Hall.  Everyone is wecome to come along and join us.

A taxi service is available, kindly funded by the Parish Council; please phone Sandra (details below) a day before the date of the session if you require this service.

For more information, telephone Sandra on 01747 830471 or Jennie on 01747 830460.

 The dates when t@3 takes place are shown on the Benefice Calendar - click here to see the Calendar.


St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Maintaining the Church & Churchyards

Pound SignsAt the end of February 2018, St Mary's Church appealed for new funds to meet the ever-growing cost of maintaining the building and fabric of the church and the churchyard and, as a result, 50 to 60 households in East Knoyle provide regular support. Some support the church as a whole, whilst others support the maintenance of the building and surroundings.

We still need more help! Contributions, from £2 per month, can be made easily by direct debit, and can be ring-fenced for the buildings and fabric of this historic building. All donors remain anonymous.

If you value the presence of St Mary's in East Knoyle - for major occasions or just as a beautiful historic feature of the village - please can you help us? An information leaflet and a simple form can be obtained from Stephen Dawson, the fund-raising co-ordinator. To contact Stephen, click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send Stephen an email.