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Good Morning Everyone,

I have just returned from a few days holiday in Knaresboough.

Please click on Blind Jack to see the sculpture very much larger and clearer.

During my first trip into the town I encountered this statue of Blind Jack, one of the celebrated figures of the town and, as a mark of appreciation for his work, he commands a bench to himself in the market square.

I enjoyed researching Blind Jack, the son of a horse breeder who became blind at the age of six, after suffering from small pox.

He had an eventful life, learning to play the fiddle meant that he had easy employment at local ale houses. He travelled the country, was effective moving guns during the Jacobean Revolt, set up a stagecoach company and, when, in 1765, Parliament passed an act authorising the creation of turnpike trusts to build new toll funded roads in the Knaresborough area, Jack seized the opportunity. There were few people with road-building experience and John, building on his practical experience as a carrier, began creating the roads.

It was impossible to capture the sculpture without including cars, which was a pity, but I hope you can appreciate the self confidence of his pose.

Have a lovely day, Bev :-)

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