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Memorial to Ely Hargrove in Churchyard 1 Metre South of Church of Saint John the Baptist, Knaresborough

Description: Memorial to Ely Hargrove in Churchyard 1 Metre South of Church of Saint John the Baptist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 December 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 330765

OS Grid Reference: SE3472957177
OS Grid Coordinates: 434729, 457177
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0095, -1.4716

Location: 17 Church Lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 9AE

Locality: Knaresborough
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG5 9AE

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Listing Text

(north side)

6/191 Memorial to Ely Hargrove
in churchyard 1 metre
south of Church of Saint
John the Baptist


Chest tomb. 2nd quarter of C19 with mid C20 restoration. For Ely Hargrove
(d1818), Christiana, his wife (d1780), and Mary his daughter. Gritstone.
Moulded plinth, octagonal fielded panel to ends, a central octagonal fielded
panel flanked by hexagonal fielded panels to sides. Large top slab has
roll-moulded edges and deeply-incised lettering. The inscription eulogises
Ely Hargrove, "The celebrated historian of this town / and the surrounding
country / and one whose / Indefatigable Literary Pursuits / were not more
exemplary than his faithful and honourable / discharge of all the relative
duties / of domestic and social life: / In him was realized / The rare unity
of talent with / The strictest integrity; / And his death ... / Evinced the
composure of a superior mind, / with the Christian hope of Eternal peace. /
Superior to the ills of Time / His lengthened days in peace he trod, / Till
death remov'd to scenes sublime / This servant of the living God; / where
now, with feeling more refin'd / He pitys those he left behind. /" The tomb
was moved to its present position from outside the west end of the church
when the churchyard was landscaped in 1973. Ely Hargrove was born in
Halifax in 1741 and moved to Knaresborough in 1762 as a printer and
bookseller. For a time he was a librarian at Harrogate. He published 'The
History of the Castle, Town, and Forest, of Knaresborough, with Harrogate,
and its medicinal springs' in 1775 which had run to 7 editions by 1832 and
remains the most quoted source of information on the town. H Speight,
Nidderdale, 1894, p 293.

Listing NGR: SE3472957177

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Source: English Heritage

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