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Places > Knotting

12th Century: The church has a 12th century nave and a fine Norman chancel arch, the building was enlarged in the 13th century by the addition of a south transept.

1615: West tower added to the church.

1637: The Rev. Arthur Alvery unfrocked and deprived of his living for allowing cock fighting in the church chancel.

1774: Henry James Pye, poet Laureate who owned Knotting Manor, sold the land to the Duke of Bedford.

1850c: Model cottages built by the Duke of Bedford.

1889: Methodist Chapel built.

1933: Major restoration on the church.

1934: Under the North Bedfordshire Review Order the civil parish of Knotting and Souldrop formed.

1956: Between 1956 and 1963 extensive repairs carried out to the tower and chancel.


  • The newspapers cuttings collection at Bedford Central Library.
  • PICKFORD, C.  Bedfordshire Churches in the 19th Century. Beds Historical Record Soc. Vol.73 1994.

Page last updated: 30th January 2014