Looking back at the history of our village
The origins of the settlement at Knapton are unknown but we know that people have lived in what we now call Knapton for at least 1000 years.
Kanapatone is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was valued at 60 Shillings.
How much do you think that would have been worth today?
We look back and explore some of the rich history of our village
Together with our very own historian, we paint a picture of what life was like in our village, with photos from our archive and interviews with villagers who remember days gone by to get an insight into what makes our village so special today.
Things were different in 1845
for a start, we had a shop…
The village was on a lofty eminence, covered an area of 1461 acres and had 348 inhabitants
We think they meant residents…
And we had our own Policeman, called Aldis.
by 1911, a lot had changed
then came the Telegraph Road…
Dire straits indeed as the population has dropped to 346 but the area has grown to 1,490 acres, with a rateable value £2,680.
We’ve lost our Policeman, but gained a Station Master, a School Mistress, a Grocer, a blacksmith and a cattle dealer…