East Knoyle is the birthplace of Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most highly acclaimed British architects in history who rebuilt over 50 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666 including his masterpiece St. Paul’s Cathedral. Knoyle Rectory, now called Knoyle Place, was the former home of the Wren family and lived in by Sir Christopher Wren’s parents. However, when a fire broke out, the family moved to Haslam’s Shop (a former Draper’s shop) on the corner of Wise Lane opposite the village shop where Sir Christopher Wren was born. The building was demolished in 1878 due to road widening but a plinth marks the spot where he was born.
The village is home to a pub and a thriving community shop (pictured)
The Church of St. Marys in East Knoyle. This church has been at the heart of East Knoyle village for over 1,000 years. The plasterwork in the chancel is unique and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren’s father who was appointed Rector in 1623.