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The Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag

The tiny medieval Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag lies a stone's throw from the River Nidd, about half a mile from the centre of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. It was carved from the cliff face by John the Mason in 1408, permission being granted by King Henry IV. The Chapel was probably built as a wayside shrine for pilgrims walking between the town and the Priory, and possibly going further afield. It would also have been a place of quiet and prayer for the quarrymen working in the quarry nearby.

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About

Events

The Chapel has been closed for the reconstruction of the boundary wall along Abbey Road, but will re-open to the public on Sunday 29th May, when the usual Sunday afternoon opening times of 2 - 4 p.m. will resume throughout the Summer months (June to September inclusive). The wall looks splendid, thanks to McDaid Groundwork Solutions, who managed the project and rebuilt the wall, and Scotton Tree Care, who undertook the felling of trees which were damaging the boundary. We will be replanting trees next year to maintain the woodland appearance of the site, as required by the felling licence. Have a look at the stone containing the Templar cross, which was discovered during the rebuilding.

The work has been part-funded by Knaresborough Town Council, the Pilgrim Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation. A grateful thank you to them from the Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag Trust. We are also pursuing other avenues of possible funding that would allow us to avoid taking out a loan. Donations to the tree replanting are also welcome, and we will allocate particular trees to donors. Contact us via this site if you are interested.

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About

Sunday Opening

Sundays, 2-4 p.m. throughout the Summer months (April to September inclusive). NB Re-opening after rebuilding work on the 29th May 2022.

Services

The Chapel is open to requests for services to be arranged - for all denominations and faiths.

Fundraising

Donations are thankfully received so that we can begin a large-scale programme of restoration which includes the boundary wall next to Abbey Road. 

Contact Our Lady of the Crag

Abbey Rd, Knaresborough HG5 8HY, UK

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