Photographer's Note

Built (I think) in 1851 the Railway viaduct crosses the river Nidd at Knaresborough and dominates the landscape.
The couple are viewing it on a hill were the castle ruins are situated.

This image is part of a series taken at Knaresborough, please see my recent posts for futher information and images.

'Knaresborough was originally a Knar - a stump situated on a burgh or fortified site.
Knaresborough is situated in a deep gorge formed by the River Nidd, about a mile to the east of Harrogate.
The gorge is overlooked by the ruins of Knaresboorugh castle which was built in Norman times by a baron called Serlo de Burg. It was later rebuilt in the fourteenth century and the ruins date from that period.
Many famous people are associated with Knaresborough Castle including King Richard II who was imprisoned here in 1399 prior to his imprisonment and murder at Pontefract castle in 1400.
Over two centuries before, the murderers of Thomas a Becket used Knaresborough Castle as a hiding place for three years.
The castle's life came to an end during the Civil War when, as a Royalist stronghold it was destroyed by Parliamentarian troops in 1646.

Knaresborough itself is a market town centred on a market place where a market has been held on a Wednesday since at least 1310, although a market is recorded as early as 1206. Today the market place is most famous for England's oldest chemist shop (Pharmacy) which started trading in 1720. Some claim the chemist's trade was started here in the thirteenth century'.

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