We grabbed a quick lunch in the Market Square during our flying visit to Knaresborough and enjoyed it sitting next to this statue of John Metcalf (1717–1810), who was also known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough or Blind Jack Metcalf. He was the first professional road builder to emerge during the Industrial Revolution. Blind from the age of six, John had an eventful life, which was well documented by his own account just before his death. In the period 1765 to 1792 he built about 180 miles (290 km) of turnpike road, mainly in the north of England.
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