Historic Nidderdale

Abbots Hand 0009

The main sources of original written records of Nidderdale's past were the principal landowners of the Middle Ages, namely the Cistercian abbeys of Fountains and Byland and, the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.

They also left evidence in the landscape such as this boundary stone near Greenhow which was erected by Fountains Abbey in the 15th century, the abbey's land being to the left with Knaresborough Forest to the right.