On a limestone cliff above the River Nidd stands the ruins of Knaresborough castle. The original timbered fortress that would have stood here dates from from about 1100.
The first records regarding this castle were c.1130. It next came to fame forty years later, soon after the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170’s when Hugh de Moreville and his fellow conspirators took refuge here.
In 1205 it was in royal hands when King John spent £I,290 on improvements.
The castle was again rebuilt by King Edward I around 1307 at a cost of £2,174 and his son King Edward II completed the work by building a tower keep.
John of Gaunt acquired it around 1372.
During the Civil War the castle was taken by Parliamentary forces who destroyed it in 1648.
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