20th Century / Knaresborough Today

The relatively carefree times were halted by the Great War in which 156 Knaresborough men were killed.

The names of the dead of two world wars inscribed on the War Memorial in the Castle precincts – more information for these names can be found at Roll of Honour.

The Second World War took its toll, and 55 names were added to the War Memorial in the Castle precincts.After the war Knaresborough remained popular with visitors, now able to come from farther afield on the train. Boating and riverside walks were popular, as well as visits to the Castle and Dropping Well, with riverside tea rooms to provide refreshment.

In the post-war period, although new housing has increased the size of the town threefold, Knaresborough retains its charm. Traditions continue in an Edwardian Fair, Market Square carol service and the Boxing Day tug-of-war, and are joined by newer events such as the Bed Race, begun in 1966 by the Round Table and FEVA – the festival of entertainment and visual arts. In 1988 the ancient office of Town Crier was revived. Since 1969 Knaresborough has been twinned with the German town of Bebra, and many successful exchange visits and new friendships have followed.

Knaresborough has been touched by many of the pivotal events of English history, and remains today, as for centuries past, beautifully fascinating in its proud setting on the River Nidd.