life of John Metcalf, commonly called Blind Jack of Knaresborough with many entertaining anecdotes of his exploits in hunting, card-playing, &c. : some particulars relative to the expedition against the rebels in 1745, in which he bore a personal share; and also, a succinct account of his various contracts for making roads, erecting bridges,and other undertakings, in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire & Cheshire; which, for a series of years, have brought him into public notice, as a most extraordinary character by John Metcalf

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The life of john metcalf. JOHN METCALF was born at Knares∣borough, on the 15th of August, When four years old, he was put to school by his parents, who were working people, and continued at school two years: He was then seized with the small-pox, which ren∣dered him totally blind, though all possible means were used to preserve his sight.

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Blinded by smallpox at the age of six, John Metcalf () led a life that might have featured in an eighteenth-century novel. Popularly known as 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough', Metcalf had many and varied careers, including musician, horse trader, fish supplier, textile merchant and stage-wagon operator.

John Metcalf (–), also known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough or Blind Jack Metcalf, was the first professional road builder to emerge during the Industrial Revolution.

Blind from the age of six, John had an eventful life, which was well documented by his own account just before his death. In the period to he built about miles ( km) of turnpike road, mainly in the. Discover the extraordinary story of Blind John Metcalf in this carefully researched and beautifully written biography.

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The story of John Metcalf (), otherwise known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough, is quite well known in Yorkshire. He dictated his autobiography to a York publisher in and it came out as a popular chapbook in his own lifetime.

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In the book about Metcalf's life, the properties were described as being "9 yards wide, 23 [yards] long, and 21 feet from the foundation to the square of the building, with chimneys or pipes." Blind Jack of Knaresborough retired to Spofforth, Yorkshire, and died there on 26 April aged Metcalf C»5 - J Mctcalf being about the fame age as this boy, chofc to accompany hiai.

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The Green Dragon at that place was kept by a Mr. Body, who had two nephews with him; and when the hunting season drew near its close, these, with some other young men, expressed a desire for a day's sport; and knowing that Mr. Woodburn, the master of the Knaresborough pack of hounds, had often lent them to Metcalf, they asked Blind Jack to.

“Life of John Metcalfe, Commonly Called Blind Jack of Knaresborough” (Otley, England, ca. William Moon, “Light for the Blind” (Brighton, England, ca. Perceive the sounds and smells of one of Metcalf’s youthful adventures from the olfactometer in the curved wall opposite “Gift 5.”.

The Life of John Metcalf, commonly called Blind Jack of Knaresburgh (York ) p. The inci dent there described took place in about ; the MS was read to Metcalf (for whom, cf. –3) and corrected by him.

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We allude to John Metcalf, commonly known as "Blind Jack of Knaresborough," to whose biography, as the constructor of nearly two hundred miles of capital roads--as, indeed, the first great English road-maker--we propose to devote the next chapter.

Footnotes for Chapter V. "Blind Jack" Metcalf In the market place at Knaresborough, adjacent to the market cross is a statue to commemorate the life of John Metcalf, known as "Blind Jack". John Metcalf (–), also known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough or Blind Jack Metcalf, was the first professional road builder to emerge during the Industrial Revolution.

John Metcalf, a man of much talent and enterprise, commonly called Blind Jack of Knaresborough, who lost his sight when four years old, and died in at the age of 90, was a native of the town.

John Metcalf, Blind Jack of Knaresborough as he was called, who had walked from London to York and marched in the '45 from York to Scotland, was one of the best guides over the moors.

Others, though possessed of sight, were by no means so reliable and guided their parties into. ALBERT Williamm and HARVEY P.D.A. Portsmouth Record Series: Portsmouth and Sheet Turnpike Commissioners' Minute Book City of Portsmouth () xxxvii +.

He often walked to Knaresborough in the morning, with four or five stones of meal on his shoulders, and joined his men by six o'clock. He completed the road much sooner than was expected, to the entire satisfaction of the surveyor and trustees. 12 The story of Blind.

Page 9 - her] life, and after her decease I give the same to Thomas ‎ Appears in 2 books from Page 61 - years of age and upwards at the time of his father's death. Midgeley, senior, being a good performer, he was taken into partnership gratis; but the son, and Metcalf’s former assistant, paid five pounds each premium.

originally from “The Life of John Metcalf, commonly called Blind Jack of Knareborough” dictated by Metcalfe himself in and published by R.

and R. Peck, York in William METCALFE was born on month dayat birth place, to ANTHONY Metcalf and MARGARET Metcalf (born RALLINSHAW). ANTHONY was born on December 5in Hawes, Yorkshire, England. MARGARET was born on February 4in Grasmere, Westmorland, England.

The chapbook, The Life of John Metcalf, appeared in the late eighteenth century and was reprinted many times. Metcalf, commonly known as ‘Blind Jack of Knaresborough’, was a renowned figure.

He also makes an appearance in the anonymous Anecdotes of the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (?), alongside various figures, some obscure; some, like. A few minutes away from the market, near to Knaresborough’s St John the Baptist Church, is a plaque marking the spot where Metcalf was born in - in a cottage whose garden adjoined the.

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A residence of many years in Yorkshire, and an inveterate habit of collecting all kinds of odd and out-of-the-way information concerning men and matters, furnished me, when I left Yorkshire inwith a large amount of.

In the 's Blind John Metcalf (, also known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough) although having no formal training began applying a more scientific approach in the North West. He was a violinist by trade, having lost his sight to Smallpox as a child, but he had a deep knowledge of the countryside.

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Unlike most of his brothers, Wang Man. We allude to John Metcalf, commonly known as "Blind Jack of Knaresborough," to whose biography, as the constructor of nearly two hundred miles of capital roads--as, indeed, the first great English road-maker--we propose to devote the next chapter.

Footnotes for Chapter V. *[1] Lady Luxborough, in a letter to Shenstone the poet, in Blinded by smallpox at the age of six, John Metcalf (), popularly known as 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough', nevertheless became one of the eighteenth century's great road builders.

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