VIDEO: Plea to help save ancient Knaresborough site

Restoration work has been taking place at an ancient Knaresborough site, and volunteers are hoping this is the year the site is given a enw lease of life.

A small group of dedicated volunteers who take care of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag, are hoping this year will see them make progress restoring the site, and making it more accessible to visitors from Knaresborough and across the world.

Viv Thornes at Knaresborough's Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag and, below, expert dry stone waller Keith Ledger at work.

Viv Thornes at Knaresborough's Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag and, below, expert dry stone waller Keith Ledger at work.

The last three years have seen major restorations at the shrine on Abbey Road, with work on the iconic knight and the window of the shine.

And in recent weeks, expert dry stone waller Keith Ledger has rebuilt walls along the terraces in the chapel’s garden.

Viv Thornes is Chairman of the Chapel of Our Lady in the Crag. She said; “Keith worked on the dry stone walls at a discounted rate, because he said this was too imporant to lose.”

Now Viv and the rest of the group want to encourage people in Knaresborough to help save the chapel. which celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2008.

She added: “The Grade II listed building is as much part of Knaresborough’s history as the Castle and Mother Shipton’s cave. Wordsworth mentions it in one of his poems.

“We want to save it for future generations.”

The stone work outside the Chapel needs to be coasted with a protective sibstance yearly, and now the volunteers want to start work on the rest of the garden restoring other walls, improving the drainage and planting a rose hedge. “At the moment, when people sit outside the chapel for Masses or talks, you can see the seats sink.” Viv added.

To get involved, contact cragchapel@btinternet.com or 01423 866080