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Days Out – Knaresborough

I visited the lovely town of  Knaresborough when I was away on my short break recently. The historic market town is located near Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Here are some of my highlights!

Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle is a ruined fortress overlooking the River Nidd. The first documented evidence of the castle dates from 1130.

The 14th Century Kings Tower

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The Courthouse Museum

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The undercroft of the Courthouse building is the oldest surviving structure on the site.

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The Railway Viaduct

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The impressive railway viaduct was completed in 1851.

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St John’s Parish Church

(You can see the church steeple in the distance in the above picture)

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Around the Market Square

Blind Jack

John “Jack” Metcalf was a native of Knaresborough , he lost his sight at the age of six through smallpox. A larger than life character he led an adventurous life, he became an accomplished musician, guide, and, most famously, road maker. Special tools helped him in his road-making activities, including a specially adapted “viameter” which measured distances and which he was able to “read” by touch. The viameter is kept in the local museum. He died in 1810 at the age of 92.

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The Oldest Chemist Shop in England

(It is now a gift shop and tearoom)

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