Blind Jack of Knaresborough: A Yorkshire man of vision

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This talk is presented by Bernard Higgins, former Leeds Beckett PE & History student (1974/77) and Chairman of the John Metcalf- Blind Jack Of Knaresborough Tri-Centennial Anniversary Committee 2017

An exploration of the life and achievements of John Metcalf, more commonly known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough. A pioneer of the 18th century, Blind Jack was not deterred by the impairment he acquired in his childhood and as a musician, trader, horseman, military adventurer and most notably road builder, there was little to which he did not turn his hand. Responsible for transforming the North's road infrastructure, Blind Jack was undoubtedly a man of great vision.

This talk is part of Leeds Beckett University's Heritage Open Days.

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