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The Village of Kniveton


Kniveton is a pretty, grey stone village, sheltered in a deep hollow on the slope of Madge Hill.

Most people simply pass through Kniveton, on their way to Carsington Water but it is worth a look if only for its charming little church. The church consists only of a nave, chancel and a tower. The tower, built in the 13th century, is unbuttressed and contains small lancet windows, battlements and a short spire. The medieval glass in the chancel depicts the arms of the family Kniveton. It was Lady Kniveton who gave the altar its lovely flagon and chalice in 1572. However, Sir Andrew Kniveton became so impoverished through his loyalty to Charles the First that he had to sell most of the family estates. The church also contains a 13th century font. An ancient yew guards the doorway to the church and still bears the grooves worn when the archers were sharpening their arrows.

Just north of the village is the Bronze Age burial mound at Wigber Low which has revealed some important remains from the village`s past.


The village has a thriving primary school, a village hall and two pubs called the Red Lion and The Ketch.

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