St Robert of Newminster

St Robert of Gargrave, later canonised as St Robert of Newminster, was born in the village around 1100, it is thought.  He was the son of the priest in Gargrave, was educated in Paris and returned to be priest in Gargrave before joining the monks of Whitby, and later Newminster.

About 1147, Robert of Gargrave sent out three colonies of monks from Newminster, near Morpeth, to found other Abbeys, one of which was to be at Sawley, near Clitheroe, on the River Ribble on land provided by William Percy.

A more detailed account of his life is available through Wikipedia