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Knaresborough

Knaresborough, HG5 8AL

Explore the historic market & spa town of Knaresborough. Discover its iconic viaduct, ancient castle, and the rich folklore of the town's past.

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Begin your trail at the Market Cross in Knaresborough Market Place.
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Market Square
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Begin your adventure at the Market Cross. Look for a bench featuring a sculpture of a gentleman.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

What is the name of the civil engineer, bridge builder, and road builder who has a sculture seated on the bench?

Hint: Two words

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Blind Jack, aka John Metcalf had small pox when he was six which left him blind, but he still led a varied and characterful life,.

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The Old Bank
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With your back to Blind Jack and the Market Cross take the leftward cobbled road towards the High Street. Turn left onto the High Steeet and follow the footpath until you reach an ornate three-storey brick building..

What was the full original name of this building?

Hint: Four words

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Built in 1881 the Old Bank is a grade ll listed building. Barclays have been here since 1916

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White Horse Yard
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Carefully cross the road where possible then look for a circular blue plaque at the junction of the High Street and Park Square.

Eugene Aram became notorious for his supposed involvement in the murder of which other Knaresborough resident?

Hint: Two words

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54.008761
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Daniel Clarke, a shoemaker married into a family of good name. Persuaded by Eugene Aram (pictured) to use that good name to purchase goods on credit (silver etc) for exportation, Aram then murdered Clarke to steal the ‘booty’

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The Old Town Hall'
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Carefully re-cross the High Street and return to the Old Bank. Turn right onto Market Place road and after a short walk look for a circular blue plaque titled 'The Old Town Hall'.

How many prison cells used to exist beneath the old town hall?

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The current building is neoclassical in style and was built in 1862 at a cost of £3,000

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Almshouse
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Carefully cross the road and look for another circular blue plaque on the puilding on the other side titled 'Knaresborough Almshouse'.

The building was listed as a hospital for 'six poor folk' durting a survey conducted in which year?

Hint: Four-digit year

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54.007892
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The history of almshouses stretches back to medieval times when religious orders cared for the poor, a very different use of this building today!

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Railway Crossing
Wikipedia
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Turn right onto Kirkgate and follow the narrow streey until you reach a railway crossing. Just before the crossing look for an ornate tile on a brick house nearby.

What year can be seen inscribed above the colouful figures?

Hint: Four-digit year

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54.008608
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The ancient name Kirkgate comes from the Norse for ‘leading to the church’. Historically, an important street as it linked the market place with St John’s Church

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Down the hill
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Carefully cross the railway and continue following the narrow cobbled street until you reach a junction with views of the viaduct to your left.

Which hall is signposted in the same direction as Mother Shipton's Cave?

Hint: Two Words

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54.008988
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Did you know the parkland of Conyngham Hall host park runs every Saturday?

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Old Manor House
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Turn left at the junction and walk towards the viaduct. Look for a circular blue plaque on a storn wall shortly before you reach the viaduct titled 'The Old Manor House'..

Which type of tree, planted by James 1st, is 400 years old and still fruiting annually?

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54.008620
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Silkworms eat Mulberry leaves, and James encouraged the planting of the Mulberry to establish silk plantations and set up a silk industry as silk was more valuable than gold. Unfortunately, it was an unsuccessful venture. Photo: Old Manor House

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The Viaduct
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Walk under the viaduct and look for a large information-board by the river titled 'The River, The Railway & The Royals'.

In which year did the original viaduct collapse, shorthly before its planned opening?

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On a summers day the river is busy with sightseeing boats rowing under the viaducts soaring arches. In winter the river has occasionally been known to freeze.

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Indigo Mill
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Continue along the riverside and look on a building to your right for another circular blue plaque titled 'The Indigo Mill'.

This mill featured in a 1797 painting by which artist?

Hint: Two words

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54.008170
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Dating back more than 1,000 years as well as being a mill, it was later a base for a well-known Knaresborough boat builders and hire business.

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The Dye House
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Walk past the Indigo Mill and look along a short side-street to your left for a circular blue plaque titled 'The Old Dye House'.

In which year was The Dye House erected by John Warner?

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54.008207
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Liquorice was used in the production of dyestuff and Simon Warner planted the very last crop ever grown in Knaresborough in his garden under the cliff.

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Gas Lighting
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Continue walking along the road that runs parallel with the river (Waterside Road) for approximately half a kilometre. Look for another circular plaque shown on a retaining wall to your left titled 'Town Gas Lighting'.

In 1958 there were still how many gaslights in the town?

Hint: Number

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The first organised public street lighting was in 1417 when the Mayor of London ordered that all homes must hang lanterns outdoors after nightfall in the winter months

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Low Bridge
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Keep right at the fork and continue until the road reaches a junction near a bridge. Carefully cross the road and look for a metal signpost opposite.

Aside from Mother Shipton's Cave, which other cave can be seen on the signpost (near the 'Welcome to Knaresborough' board)?

Hint: Three words

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St Robert, or Robert Flower, was born in York in 1160, the son of a wealthy merchant, however he did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps and chose to enter the church

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Chapel of the Crag
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Walk along Abbey Road for approximately 100 metres and look for a shrine in the rockface. Find the circular plaque titled 'Chapel of the Ladyof the Crag'.

In which year was the crag excavated into a shrine by John the Mason?

Hint: Four-digit year

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While it was Henry IV who gave permission for the shrine, it ceased to function as a chapel under another Henry – Henry VIII with the dissolution of all Catholic establishments. It was reconsecrated in 1916 when it became the property of Ampleforth Abbey.

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House in the Rock
Fabulous Follies
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Look for another circular plaque in this area, this one titled 'The House in the Rock'.

By what name was this house originally known?

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Thomas Hill took the saying ‘An Englishman’s home is his Castle’ to the extreme. A real labour of love to build such a dwelling using only a pick, a hammer and a chisel.

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By The River
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Turn around and follow the same route back in the direction of the viaduct. Look for a small riverside park to your left next to the Low Bridge.

What is the name of the park?

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A family fun day in the town is the Duck Race which is held each New Year’s Day. 5000 rubber ducks are launched at the High Bridge and make their way down the river to the finish line.

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Castle Mills
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Continue back towards the viaduct. Look for a building on your left with a circular blue plaque titled 'Castle Mills' after approximately 400 metres.

In which year did the Castle Mills close?

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The River Nidd has always been essential to Knaresborough’s economy. In 1818, it supplied power for 48 mills in total – seven lead mills, one cotton mill, 18 flax mills and 22 corn mills.

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Castle Moat
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Walk back a little way (approx 30m) and head up a stepped path to your left. Enter Bebra Gardens (near a paddling pool) and follow the park in the direction of the castle ruins. In the gap between the park and the castle grounds look for an information-board in the titled 'Knaresborough Castle Moat'

On the 'Knaresborough Castle Moat' information-board find the word used to describe the secret tunnel with access to the dry moat.

Hint: One word

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Moats - deep, wide ditches 5 to 40 feet deep were usually, though not always, filled with water, making it difficult for enemies to attack and enter the castle.

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The Courthouse
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Walk to the building in the centre of the castle grounds which sits alongside the bowling green.

The earliest part of this Courthouse building, which dates back to the late 12th century, is known as the... what?

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Court records were written on long rolls of parchment stitched together. The earliest surviving court roll comes from 1333, and the last was recorded in 1707.

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The Castle
Knaresborough Bed Race
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Walk to the main castle ruins and search for a plaque on the wall facing the river which begins "The ruins and grounds of this castle..."

The ruins and grounds of the castle are leased to which public body?

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been held every year since 1966. Described as "part fancy dress pageant and part gruelling time trial" the bed race is a 2.4 mile competition between teams comprising of 6 runners and 1 bed-based passenger, ending with a swim across the River Nidd.

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East Gate
Digital Wanderings
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Walk across the castle grounds to the two larger remains of the East Gate towers. Look for a plaque nearby titled 'The First Maundy Alms'.

King Edward made the Maundy Alms an annual event at which well-known Christian festival?

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54.006857
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There has been Ravens at the castle since 2000, one of which was given by the Tower of London. There is also an African pied crow named Mourdour, who is very good at greeting people with ‘Y’alright love?’ in a Yorkshire accent.

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Castle Yard Riot
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After exiting the castle's East Gate look across the car park to the left for a sandstone building featuring a circular blue plaque.

In October 1865 how many local men were convicted of 'Riot'?

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The castle grounds host the first part of the bed race when the elaborately decorated beds assemble and are judged prior to parading through the streets to Conyngham Hall

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Art in the Mill
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Facing the circular plaque turn right and follow the narrow road to exit Castle Yard. Turn left, then shortly turn right into Green Dragon Yard.

In Tudor times Knaresborough was renowned as... what?

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54.007082
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The Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts is an annual summer art festival which runs for 10 days each August

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Back to the Market
Mother Shipton's Cave
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Turn around and exit Green Dragon Yard. Turn right and after a short distance return to the Market Cross where you began.

What is the name of the well-known lady (prophetess and soothsayer) whose sculpture sits on the bench adjacent to Blind JAck?

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Legend says Mother Shipton was born Ursula Southiel in 1488 in a cave by the river Nidd. She claimed she could see into the future and made predictions, one being the Great Fire of London Next to her cave is the dropping or ‘petrifying well’ where cascading water turns everyday objects to stone.

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Blind Jack Bradford Old Bank Limited Daniel Clarke 2 1611 1909 Conyngham Hall Mulberry Tree 1848 JMW Turner 1610 200 St. Robert's Cave 1408 Fort Montague Low Bridge Gardens 1972 Sallyport undercroft Urban District Council easter 11 the finest cloth Mother Shipton

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