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December 2021

The History of St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough

7th December 2021 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A talk by our chairman - Brian Forshaw - There may have been a church here in the late Saxon period but the first written record we have comes from 1114 when Henry I granted the church at 'Cnaresburgh' to the canons of Nostell Priory. In 1318 Scottish raiders destroyed much of Knaresborough, including the church. It was still in a poor state a decade later in 1328 when Edward III spent part of his honeymoon with Queen Philippa at Knaresborough…

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February 2022

The Ingilbys of Ripley

1 February at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sir Thomas Ingilby of Ripley Castle inherited the Ripley Castle estate, aged 18 - I also inherited a colossal tax bill - so we turned the family home into a hospitality business and went from there. It was probably worse than Fawlty Towers when we started. The Ingliby's have been at Ripley Castle for over 700 years so have seen their fair share of history. Henry Ingilby collected taxes for Edward III and finance the construction of Windsor Castle. His brother Thomas…

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May 2022

Saint Robert in His Time

3 May at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Peter Lacey, local author of 'Tales of a Celebrity Hermit', will be talking about the life of St Robert (1160 – 1218), one of the most important but lesser-known characters associated with Knaresborough. St Robert’s Cave next to the river Nidd in Abbey Road is owned by Ampleforth Abbey estate but managed by the local council and can be easily accessed by a short path and steps. Peter will introduce us to his book "Tales of the Celebrity Hermit…

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June 2022

Presentation at Knaresborough House

2 June at 10:00 am - 4 June at 4:30 pm

A presentation at Knaresborough House where you can meet some of our members and find out what the society has to offer anyone interested in history.

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