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Description: Fort Montague with Attached Wall to West
Date Listed: 5 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 330771
OS Grid Reference: SE3512156482
OS Grid Coordinates: 435121, 456482
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0032, -1.4657
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SE 3556 KNARESBOROUGH CRAG LANE
(south end, off)
9/103 Fort Montague, with
attached wall to west
House and attached wall. 1770-86. By and for Thomas Hill and his son.
Rock cut with rubble stone, part rendered, and Westmorland slate roof. 4
storeys, 1 room in plan, cut into the face of the cliff. East side:
segmental arched entrance to top storey, on right, has 6-panel door in plain
frame. No other openings. All windows are on the south face, one window to
each floor, and are side-sliding sashes with glazing bars to lower 3 floors
and a 4-pane sash to the top floor. Embattled parapet. Wall to left also
embattled. Thomas Hill was a weaver who established a tenement on the cliff
face, land owned by Thomas Slingsby. Over 16 years he terraced the cliff
face and built the house, the work being completed by his son. The building
was one of many rock-cut dwellings in the town in the C18 and C19. It is
also known as The House in the Rock. E Hargrove, History of the Castle,
Town and Forest of Knaresborough, 1809, p 92. Governor Hill, An account of
Fort Montague at Knaresboro' in a letter from a Gentleman at Harrogate to
his Friend in London, 1792.
Listing NGR: SE3511056492
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