Famous Knaptonians…

John Sell Cotman

16 May 1782 – 24 July 1842

Marine and landscape painter, etcher, illustrator, author and leading member of the Norwich School of painters.

Read more about John here

Bernard Hale

1607 – 1663

After a life of piety and education, Bernard retired to Knapton in around 1663

Learn more about Bernard’s link with Knapton here

Gillian Shephard

1940 – ????

Born in Knapton, Baroness Shephard of Northwold was a Conservative politician, the MP for SW Norfolk and served as a Cabinet Minister.

Read more about Gillian here

John Henry Wild

1912 – 2005

Served in the Royal Artillery, was born and lived his whole life in Knapton, served on the Parish Council for over 57 years

Read more about John here

Constance Robinson

1879 to 1968

Born and lived her whole life in Knapton, a wonderfully generous benefactor to the village, president of the WI, magistrate, church organist and highly respected for her kindness

Read more about Miss Robinson here