Saturday, January 3, 2009

Knaresborough, England

I was there in Knaresborough, England..see that cam date! here is a little info about this place courtesy of Wikipedia..visit this site for more infos.

Knaresborough is an historic market town and spa town in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, located on the River Nidd, four miles east of Harrogate.

HISTORY

Knaresborough is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Chednaresburg or Chenaresburg. Knaresborough Castle dates from Norman times; around 1100, the town began to grow and provide a market and attract traders to service the castle. The present parish church, St John's, was established around this time. The earliest name for a Lord of Knaresborough is from around 1115 when Serlo de Burgh held the 'Honour of Knaresborough' from the King.

Dr Arnold Kellett has established that the first Maundy Money was given out in Knaresborough by King John. Knaresborough Forest, which extended far south, is reputed to have been one of King John's favourite hunting grounds.

During the Civil War, following the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, the castle was besieged by Parliamentary forces. The castle eventually fell and in 1646 an order was made by Parliament for its destruction (but not carried out till 1648). The destruction was mainly done by citizens looting the stone. Many town centre buildings are built of 'castle stone'.

The Bishop of Knaresborough is a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

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