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Blind Jack

John Metcalf, known as 'Blind Jack'
Knaresborough 1717 - Spofforth 1810
first professional road builder to emerge during the Industrial Revolution
Barbara Asquith

Knaresborough /  Blind Jack   Knaresborough /  Blind Jack


Statue of John Metcalf sitting on a bench with a surveyor's wheel next to him. On his head is a text in braille.

Knaresborough - Blind Jack

Unveiled by the Mayor of Knaresborough, Pamela Godsell, on 22 February 2009.


In the pavement:
1717 BLIND JACK 1810
Pioneer Civil Engineer
Road Builder
Bridge Builder


B. Asquith -08

Knaresborough - Blind Jack


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Asquith, Barbara
  • Blind Jack
  • Engineer
  • Metcalf, John
  • Sit-by-me statue
  • Statue (man sitting)
  • Surveyor's wheel
  • Locatie (N 54°0'28" - W 1°28'0") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbyh150; Photograph: 29 July 2019
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