Famous Knaptonians…

John Sell Cotman

painter, etcher, illustrator, author who designed the cockerel weathervane on our church

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

Master of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, retired to Knapton to be parent of the poor

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

born in Knapton, enjoyed a career as a successful politician and Member of Parliament

1940 – ????

Baroness Shephard of Northwold is a Conservative politician who was the MP for SW Norfolk and served as a Cabinet Minister.

Read more about Gillian here

John Henry Wild

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

1912 – 2005

Henry served in the Royal Artillery and was one of the driving forces behind the Knapton Working Mens club

Read more about John here

Constance Robinson

born and lived her whole life in Knapton, a wonderfully generous benefactor to the village

1879 to 1968

President of the WI, magistrate, church organist and highly respected for her kindness

Read more about Miss Robinson here

Charles Atkinson

born in Knapton, possibly in Church farm, an attorney and farmer

1813 to 1895

A major land-owner, Charles went on to be an attorney before going back to farming

Read more about Charles Atkinson here