St Robert’s cave is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade 2 listed building. Robert Flower was born in York in 1160 the son of the Mayor. A medieval hermit he lived for 30 years in the cave. His brother, also a Mayor of York, built the chapel. King John made a pilgrimage to the cave in 1216 and granted him forty acres to feed the poor and destitute. St Robert died in 1218 and is buried in the chapel.
A medieval hermit, Robert Floure (Flower) born in the 13th century lived in the cave for 30 years. For many centuries pilgrims came in great numbers to pray at the site.