ST. BOTOLPH'S CHURCH
PARISH OF KNOTTINGLEY
The exact date of the establishment
of St. Botolph's church is not clear. The earliest architectural feature
dates the church from the Roman period but that does not mean that the church
did not exist before that time.
Although the Domesday Book of 1086 makes
no reference to a church in Knottingley it is clear that many of the churches
that were mentioned are now known to have been Parish churches and maybe it was
only those Parish churches that were of interest to the King at the time.
The Domesday Book was intended to detail the wealth and possessions of each
settlement or landowner so that the revenues due to the King could be
At the time of the Domesday survey Knottingley was within the
Parish of Pontefract whose church was referenced by the book.
church was dedicated to the East Anglian missionary St. Botolph who was born in
England around 610 AD and was active throughout the seventh century. He
continued to be worshiped right through to the fourteenth century and so the
Knottingley dedication cannot be assumed to go back as far as that.
is evidence to support the theory that a Saxon chapel did exist before the
Norman church was built and that the Saxon dedication to St. Botolph was
The earliest reference to
a Church in Knottingley was a document dated between 1119-1121 which confirmed a
grant by Robert de Lacy to the Prior and Monks of Pontefract, a number of items
including the chapel of Knottingley
1750 and 1756 the nave and chancel of the Church were rebuilt in the classical
style with round topped plain glass windows and then in 1888 it was further remodeled
by Victorian restorers who included stained glass windows and once again
re-ordered the interior. 1873 saw the addition of the tower to the Church.