The Old Dye House

The Old Dye House

The frontage of the building to your right is all that remains of one of Knaresborough’s oldest industrial buildings. Erected in 1610, locally produced textiles were dyed here by john Warner and his son Simon, an active Royalist during the Civil War. The Dye House was an important source of textile dye stuffs supplying the linen mills in the town until 1840.

At the bottom of Gallon Steps are the few remains of the old dye house, one of Knaresborough’s oldest work-places, built in the early 17th century and owned by John Warner. In more recent years it was used by Sturdys for storing boats and in the 1960s it housed a small children’s zoo.