Shrine of Our Lady of the Crag

The Chapel was carved out of the rock in about 1408 by 'John the Mason', and is believed to be the third oldest wayside shrine in Britain. John was a local stonemason who worked in the nearby quarry and one day, his son was playing on the rocky cliff when there was a great downfall of stones and boulders. The father of the boy attributed his son's narrow escape from death as a miraculous intervention by the Virgin Mary and is said to have built the shrine in thanksgiving and dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin. In earlier times it was called "Saint Robert's Chapel", probably inaccurately, since it was constructed almost two centuries after the saint's death and may have been confused with Saint Robert's Cave, tucked away on the same riverbank further down Abbey Road. Today, the Chapel is owned by Ampleforth Abbey. It was given to the Abbey by John Martin, a Roman Catholic from Liverpool, who bought it in 1916. The R.C. parish of St. Mary's Knaresborough looks after it on the Abbey's behalf.

The Chapel is a Grade I Listed Building
It was carved in 1408 by John the Mason, the master mason at the Castle, and is a Wayside Shrine, thought to be the third oldest surviving in England.
Restoration work on the Knight took place in September 2009 and Chapel window will be restored in Spring 2010, with further improvements to the site planned as funds are raised.
The Chapel is open Sundays from Easter to the end of September (Weather conditions permitting) from 2.00p.m until 4.00p.m.


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