English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Church Knowle

Major Settlement in the Parish of Church Knowle

Historical Forms

  • Cnolle (2 ×), Chenolle, Glole 1086 DB
  • Canolla Exon
  • Cnoll(e) 1181–2 P 1202 Cur 1340 NI
  • Cnol 1204 ClR
  • Cnnolle 1291 Tax
  • Cnolla 14 Mansel
  • Knoll(e) 1202 Cur c.1586 Tres
  • Knoll(e) in Purbeck 1544 DCMDeed
  • Knowle 1621 Mansel
  • Churic(h)cnoll(a) 14 Mansel
  • Churechecnolle m14 Mansel
  • Church(e)cnolle 1346 Mansel
  • Cherchecnolle m14 ib
  • Chirchecnolle m14 Mansel
  • Chirchecnoll(e) 14 Mansel
  • Chircheknoll(e) 14 1576 Saxton
  • Chirche Knole 1604 Mansel
  • Chircheknowle 1658 ib

Etymology

'Hill top', v. cnoll , cf. Knowle Hill infra , with the later addition 'Church' perhaps to distinguish it from Bucknowle infra , v. cirice , cf. Isle of Purbeck supra . There was a priest here (at Glole ) in 1086 DB (VCHDo 389), and the church is mentioned in 1237 Pat, 1261 Ipm, 1263 Cl, v. St Peter's Church infra . For the DB spellings, cf. Knowlton in Woodlands par. infra and v. ANInfl 49, 122, 137. A different identification of DB Glole , with Lutton Gwyle in Steeple par. infra , is proposed by DBGazetteer 122; Glole follows Stiple in the DB text, but the identification is formally unlikely.

Places in the same Parish

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