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Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag, Knaresborough

Description: Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

Grade: II
Date Listed: 5 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 330697

OS Grid Reference: SE3513556447
OS Grid Coordinates: 435135, 456447
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0029, -1.4654

Location: Abbey Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8HX

Locality: Knaresborough
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG5 8HX

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Listing Text

(north-east side, off)

9/34 Chapel of Our Lady of the

Chapel. Early C15 with late C17 and early C18 alterations. Probably by
John Mason (or Lovell). Carved out of cliff face. Board door in rock-cut
round arch. Window to left contains Perpendicular panel tracery altered to
a mullion and transom. Figure of knight in relief to right of door probably
made between 1695 and 1739. Interior not inspected at resurvey but recorded
in detail (Cummins p 83) as 12 feet long, 8 feet broad and 7 feet high. The
rock is carved to form piscina, pillars with floriate capitals, vaulting
with bosses, and an altar with canopied niche. The chapel was probably made
as an oratory next to the large quarry used in the construction and
subsequent repairs to the castle (q.v.). By the later C16 it was known as
the Chapel of Our Lady of the Quarry. There was renewed interest in it
during the late C17 to early C18 when it became a popular site for visitors
and pilgrims. It became confused with the cave occupied by the C12 hermit,
Saint Robert, (q.v.) during the C16 to C19 and much of the confusion between
the two caves remains today. Abbot Cummins, "Knaresborough Cave-Chapels",
Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, XXVIII,(1926) pp 80-88.

Listing NGR: SE3513556447

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Source: English Heritage

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