Knole  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Knole like this:

KNOLE, a noble mansion in Sevenoaks parish, Kent; in a park about 6½ miles in circuit, adjacent to the E and SE of Sevenoaks town. It belonged, in the 15th century, to Lord Say and Sele; was purchased from him, in 1456, by Archbishop Bouchier; was rebuilt by that prelate, and left by him to the see of Canterbury; was enlarged by Cardinal Morton, and visited in his time by Henry VII.; gave entertainment, at two periods, in the time of Archbishop Warham, to Henry VIII.; was resigned by Cranmer to the Crown; was visited, in 1573, by Elizabeth; passed through a succession of royal favourites to Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset; went back, for a short time, in the reign of Charles II., to the Crown; returned to the Sackville family; and belongs now to the Dowager Countess Amherst, the co-heiress of the last Sackville, Duke of Dorset. ...

It covers, with its outbuildings, about three acres of ground; it was completely re-fitted in 1605-7, so as to take the impression of that period on both the architecture and its furniture; it exhibits, as to general effect, the English collegiate character; it presents, on its principal front, a central gatehouse, and a long range of gables and un-relieved wall; it includes a great hall, 75 feet long and 27 feet high, with a flat roof and a dais; and it contains a large collection of historical portraits and other interesting objects.

Additional information about this locality is available for Sevenoaks

Knole through time

Knole is now part of Sevenoaks district. Click here for graphs and data of how Sevenoaks has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Knole itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Knole, in Sevenoaks and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th June 2022

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