The Mitre Hotel sits on the site of a former public house (The Wheatsheaf) which was rebuilt around 1923. The name is an acknowledgement to the high churchman Bishop William Stubbs (1825-1901) distinguished theologian, ecclesiastical historian and Bishop of Oxford born in this town.
George A Moore CBE, K Sc J born here on 22nd July 1928, went on to become a notable industrialist and successful businessman. He took special interest in the prosperity of Knaresborough and the people who lived and worked in it, generously supporting many local causes. As a mark of gratitude he was made a Freeman of Knaresborough in 2000.
Bishop William Stubbs of Oxford was born near The Wheatsheaf public house in 1825. Its name was changed to The Mitre in 1923 in his honour, he being a man of great importance and intellect.