|Steeple, with Creech and Church Knowle|
|Glole, Stipple, and Griz. were the Domesday Book names for Church Knole,
Steeple and Creech. Later Steeple and the now dead
village of Tyneham were united.
Steeple a little hamlet has a delightful manor house,
a farm and a church. Many years before the Stars and Stripes was used as
the flag of the United States of America these symbols were carved in
the church wall, and the Lawrence family who were squires of the
hamlet were linked with George Washington's family. The two families
coming from the Duchy of Lancaster were intermarried during the 14th
century and it was in 1540 that the Lawrence's came to Steeple and at
the same time a descendant of the Washington's settled in Virginia and
became the great grandfather of the first President of the United
Some people believe that the American flag was derived from the Lawrence Coat of Arms
In 1682 Samuel Bolde a rector here said in a sermon that 'everybody had a right to their own beliefs'. and this upset King James II so much that he had the rector put in prison.
The church has a barrel organ on which the tune is picked out by pins on a drum which revolves and strikes differently tuned reeds.
Creech is on the other side of a high down is and the home of the Bonds of Bond Street who took over in 1691 and still retain the house. The famous London Shopping street was built on swamp and rubbish tips by Thomas Bond during the Stuart period.