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Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

A Grade I Listed Building in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0029 / 54°0'10"N

Longitude: -1.4654 / 1°27'55"W

OS Eastings: 435135

OS Northings: 456447

OS Grid: SE351564

Mapcode National: GBR LQ64.JT

Mapcode Global: WHD9L.GND6

Plus Code: 9C6W2G3M+4R

Entry Name: Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

Listing Date: 5 February 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1149913

English Heritage Legacy ID: 330697

Location: Knaresborough, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG5

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Knaresborough

Built-Up Area: Knaresborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Knaresborough

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag



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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