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SAINT ROBERTS CAVE, ALSO CALLED SAINT ROBERTS CHAPEL, APPROXIMATELY 120 METRES SOUTH WEST OF GRIMBALD BRIDGE

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: SAINT ROBERTS CAVE, ALSO CALLED SAINT ROBERTS CHAPEL, APPROXIMATELY 120 METRES SOUTH WEST OF GRIMBALD BRIDGE

List entry Number: 1149914

Location

SAINT ROBERTS CAVE, ALSO CALLED SAINT ROBERTS CHAPEL, APPROXIMATELY 120 METRES SOUTH WEST OF GRIMBALD BRIDGE, ABBEY ROAD

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Knaresborough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 05-Feb-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Dec-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 330698

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History

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Details

SE 35 NE KNARESBOROUGH ABBEY ROAD (east side)

3/35 Saint Robert's Cave, also called Saint Robert's 5.2.52 Chapel, approximately 120 metres south west of Grimbald Bridge (formerly listed as St Robert's Cave or Chapel)

- II*

Cave and foundations of adjoining chapel or outbuildings. Associated with Saint Robert the hermit, 1160-1218, but no datable features. Foundations of rectangular building containing grave recess, rock-cut bench and steps. Entrance to cave between bench (left) and steps (right). The cave is entered down two steps and contains an outer and inner chamber. The walls and roof are covered by niches and inscriptions. At time of resurvey the cave contained 30 centimetres of water and the building foundations were overgrown. The cave is associated with the legendary hermit, Robert Flower, but it was known previously as Saint Giles' Chapel. Robert's brother, Walter, was Mayor of York and he sent craftsmen to build a chapel of hewn stone in honour of the Holy Cross, with a house where Robert might receive pilgrims and the poor. This site is thought to be of that period (Jennings, p 103) The cave became a popular tourist attraction after the discovery in 1746 of the body of Daniel Clark, for whose murder Eugene Aram was hanged in 1759. The event was used by Lord Lytton for a novel published in 3 volumes, 1832. Abbot Cummins, "Knaresborough Cave Chapels", Yorks Arch J,XXVIII, (1926) pp 80-88. B Jennings (Ed), Harrogate and Knaresborough, 1970, pp 98 and 381. H Speight, Nidderdale, 1906, pp 249-51.

Listing NGR: SE3610056087

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Jennings, B, A History of Harrogate and Knaresborough, (1970), 98, 381
Speight, H, Nidderdale, (1906), 249-51
'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, , Vol. 28, (1926), 80-8

National Grid Reference: SE 36100 56087

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