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A glimpse of the Crown at Puncknowle - geograph.org.uk - 1451648.jpg
The Crown public house from the churchyard
Puncknowle is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population466 [1]
OS grid referenceSY535886
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT2
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°41′44″N 2°39′30″W / 50.6955°N 2.6583°W / 50.6955; -2.6583Coordinates: 50°41′44″N 2°39′30″W / 50.6955°N 2.6583°W / 50.6955; -2.6583

Puncknowle ( /ˈpʌnəl/ PUN-əl) is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England, situated on the southern slopes of the Bride Valley approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Bridport and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast. In the 2011 census the parish—which includes the coastal settlement of West Bexington to the south—had a population of 466.[1]

Puncknowle village has a Jacobean manor house,[2] which in 1906 Sir Frederick Treves described as "one of the daintiest and most beautiful manor houses in the county".[3] The Napier family, who came to Puncknowle from Merchiston in Scotland, were lords of the manor for three centuries, until the early 18th century.[3] In the early 19th century the manor was occupied by Colonel Shrapnel, inventor of the shrapnel shell.[3]

Puncknowle parish church, dedicated to St Mary, has a 12th-century chancel arch and west tower, though the latter was altered in 1678. The nave and the rest of the chancel were largely rebuilt at various dates in the 19th century.[4] The church contains memorials to the Napiers and has an unusual font, composed of a Norman bowl on top of another font from West Bexington church, which French forces destroyed in the 16th century.[5]

There is a single public house in the village called The Crown Inn,[6] and many holiday properties.


  1. ^ a b "Area: Puncknowle (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Reginald J W Hammond (1979). Dorset Coast. Ward Lock Ltd. p. 44. ISBN 0-7063-5494-X.
  3. ^ a b c Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 155–157. ISBN 0-7091-8135-3.
  4. ^ "'Puncknowle', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 189-199". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1982. p. 17.
  6. ^ http://www.thecrowninndorset.co.uk/

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