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Blind Jack of Knaresborough (John Metcalf) was born in 1717 in a cottage whose garden adjoined the churchyard. Though blinded by smallpox at the age of six, he became famous as a musician, guide, horseman, trader and pioneer builder of roads. He died in 1810 and is buried in Spofforth churchyard.

The Parsonage, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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Knaresborough Synagogue. In the 13th century a Jewish community lived and worshipped in Knaresborough. The Synagogue was situated at the exit to Synagogue Lane, at the rear of these buildings, the exact location is unknown. It is believed the Knaresborough Jewish community was dissolved in 1275, before all of the Jewish faith were expelled from England in 1290

Market Place, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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Knaresborough Almshouse The mouldings and roof structure of these buildings indicate a probable date before 1500, and perhaps around 1450. Originally one large and impressive building, it was listed in the Survey of 1611 as a hospital for six poor folk.

Market Place, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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In 1408 the Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag was excavated by John the Mason traditionally in thanksgiving for his young son being miraculously saved from falling rock. Permission for the shrine was granted by King Henry IV.

30 Abbey Road, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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Eugene Aram was an 18th century schoolteacher who lived and taught here in White Horse Yard. He was an exceptional linguist, and studied in particular Celtic dialects. He has been the subject of many books, plays, poems and a film. Eugene Aram became notorious for his supposed involvement in the murder of another resident here, Daniel Clarke. He was convicted on very dubious evidence, and executed at York on 6th August 1759.

Park Square, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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The Mitre Hotel sits on the site of a former public house (The Wheatsheaf) which was rebuilt around 1923. The name is an acknowledgement to the high churchman Bishop William Stubbs (1825-1901) distinguished theologian, ecclesiastical historian and Bishop of Oxford, born in this town.

The Mitre, Station Road, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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The Oldest Chemist's Shop A pharmacy from at least 1720, when John Beckwith was the apothecary, The Oldest Chemist's Shop became especially famous under WP Lawrence and his son Edmund from 1884 to 1965. The shop ceased to be a pharmacy in 1997.

16 Market Pl, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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The House in the Rock was partly excavated from the crag by a linen weaver, Thomas Hill, and his son between 1770 and 1791. Originally known as Fort Montague, it was a popular tourist attraction but became a purely private residence in 2000.

Abbey Road, Knaresborough, United Kingdom

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This building is on the site of a manorial corn mill dating from Norman times. The will of the miller in 1656 shows he was making indigo dye from woad probably grown locally. This was used in the dye house opposite. The mill featured in a painting by J. M. W. Turner in 1797. It was an indigo mill until it became a private house about 1850

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Barrington Bramley. Artist born here 28th March 1950

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Built in 1764 Castle Mills is a Grade 2 listed building. From 1770 to 1972 it was a flax mill producing fine quality linen. It was granted The Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria as "suppliers to all royal palaces". Closing in 1972 it was converted to 21 dwellings by local builder Ken Hudson.

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