Known for his charity to the poor and destitute, St Robert of Knaresborough (c. 1160 – 1218) attracted followers wherever he settled but ran into trouble with the Constable of Knaresborough Castle, William de Stuteville. As a result, Robert came to live in a cave by the river Nidd. His reputation as a holy man and miracle worker attracted many pilgrims to this hermitage.

Giving in to public opinion, the Constable of the castle granted Robert a piece of land and he lived in the the cave for the rest of his life, with a chapel built nearby.

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