BBC Home > BBC News > England

Prophet cave has 1.8m price tag

7 September 09 10:20 GMT

A cave which was thought to be the home of a legendary 15th century prophetess has been put up for sale.

Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough has gone on the market for only the fourth time in its history, with a price tag of £1.8m.

The 12-acre estate, which includes an ancient well known as the Petrifying Well, attracts more than 65,000 visitors every year.

Mother Shipton is believed to have been a woman called Ursula Sontheil.

She is said to have lived in the cave during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and her prophecies were recounted, published and analysed across the country.

People believe she predicted the Spanish Armada, the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague in 1665.

The estate, which was once part owned by magician Paul Daniels, is being sold by Humberts Leisure on behalf of current owners Adrian and Liz Sayers.

Mr Sayers said: "The new owners will own a famous piece of history and almost a mile of stunning scenery and riverside. This place is truly special."

Related BBC sites