Knottingley is an industrial town on the River Aire near Pontefract. It is renowned as a glass manufacturing town.

Until 1699 Knottingley was an important inland river port but, in that year, the Aire was made navigable as far as Leeds. Nonetheless, Knottingley remained a centre for boat building into the twentieth century.

The town has one of the few remaining working coal mines in the United Kingdom.

OS grid reference SE 495 235

Born in Knottingley

Perhaps the most remarkable person to be born in Knottingley was Ben Thompson, a notorious Wild West gunfighter (and US city marshal).

Useful and informative links

Knottingley and Ferrybridge Online
An extensive website with more than 3,000 pages of historical information, personal recollections and archive photographs of Knottingley and Ferrybridge
Knottingley photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Knottingley

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