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.

East Knoyle Easter Garden 2021

On Easter morning, the stone will be rolled aside to reveal the empty tomb. Rocks, plants and small trees tell the story in this new Easter garden, by John Maine at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle.

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St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Building Fundraising

Pound SignsAt the end of February 2018, the churchwardens of St Mary's launched an appeal for funds to meet the ever-growing cost of maintaining the building and fabric of the church, and the churchyard. In recent years around 30 households in East Knoyle have made a commitment for regular support, and a further 25 households have been giving regularly in other ways, but in 2017 there was a shortfall in income of around £8,600, or 25% of the regular annual running costs.

We are delighted to report that a good number of additional residents have agreed to contribute to maintenance costs, with the result that we are now well over half way to our target of closing this funding gap. 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 to date have been thanked personally except, understandably, those who prefer their donations to be 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 with the second half of our appeal? 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.

Under Five's Play Group - East Knoyle


This event Is cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak

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Come and join our

Under 5's Play Group

that meets

from 10.00 am to 11.30 am


St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle, SP3 6AE

on the alternate Thursdays.

Excellent rage of activities and toys.
Reffrshments available.
Great opportunity to meet other parents/carers in the area.

Dates when the the Under 5's Group sessions are being held are shown on the Benefice Calendar here.

All babies, toddlers and their carers will be most welcome
for play, crafts, snacks, stories and a sing-along!
Older siblings welcome in the school holidays.

No fee - voluntary donations only

For more details, please contact Richard or Kevin, telephone 01747 830174.

t@3 Each Month - East Knoyle


This event Is cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak

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 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.

Coffee in Church Cafe, East Knoyle - Last Tuesday in Month


This event Is cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak

CoffeeCome to

The Coffee in the Church Cafe, East Knoyle

on the last 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