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Ripon is a cathedral city in North Yorkshire which is steeped in history and home to distinctive historical buildings and long observed traditions. When visiting the city, you will find a trio of award winning museums and a gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th Century.
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Settlements, history and other facts
With a thriving marketplace and a magnificent cathedral, this busy little city will earn a place in any visitor’s heart. There are always great things to do in Ripon regardless of the season. As well as the heritage within the city limits, Ripon also boasts an outstanding racecourse, a glorious stately home, a magnificent abbey and popular theme park.
This city’s history is intertwined with the history of the church, with an impressive cathedral building, and the nearby historical powerhouse of Fountains Abbey which owned much of the surrounding land.
The city was originally known as Inhrypum and was founded by Saint Wilfrid during the time of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria, a period during which it enjoyed prominence in terms of religious importance in Great Britain. For a short period it fell under Viking control, and later suffered under the Normans. After a brief period of building projects under the Plantagenets, the city emerged with a prominent wool and cloth industry. Ripon became well known for its production of spurs during the 16th and 17th centuries, but remained largely unaffected by the Industrial Revolution. The growth of the city through trade and manufacturing led to a canal being built to link it to the navigable parts of the River Ure and provide coal to this growing trading centre.
Today this makes for a delightful city to explore, filled with historical intrigue and spoiled for riverside and canal-side walks. There is a curious collection of events in Ripon that always delight visitors, from the nightly setting of the watch by the Hornblower, to the annual Boxing Day pilgrimage – the character of this city is bursting out to enjoy. A budding grass roots arts scene sees exhibitions throughout the year and musical events are regular occurrences at the cathedral.
Ripon has long been thought of as one of the major inspirations for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, the author spent a great deal of time with family in the city, exploring the animal carvings in the cathedral which are thought to have inspired the novel.
The weekly market has the best local fruit and veg, and the shops around the market square offer great produce and value all week. You simply must visit if you have the chance. It’s a great place to vape your new purchases and old favourite e-liquids from Medusa Juice Vape Shop.
In case you were wondering
During its pre-history, the area which later became Ripon was under the control of the Brigantes, a Brythonic tribe. Three miles north at Hutton Moor there is a large circular earthwork created by them. The Romans did not settle Ripon, but they had a military outpost around five miles away at North Stainley. Solid evidence for the origins of Ripon can be traced back to the 7th century, the time of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria. The first structure built in the area, was a Christian church dedicated to St. Peter, with the settlement originating in the year 658.
The earliest settlers were stonemasons, glaziers and plasterers that Wilfrid brought over to help construct the Ripon monastery, from Lyon in Francia and Rome which was then under Byzantine rule.The years following the death of Wilfrid are obscure in Ripon’s history. After the invasion of the Great Heathen Army of Norse Vikings in Northumbria, the Danelaw was established and the Kingdom of Jórvík was founded in the Yorkshire area. In 937 Athelstan, then King of England, granted the privilege of sanctuary to Ripon, for a mile around the church. One of his successors was less well-disposed: after the Northumbrians rebelled against English rule in 948, King Edred had the buildings at Ripon burned. Prosperity was restored by the end of the 10th century, as the body of Saint Cuthbert was moved to Ripon for a while, due to the threat of Danish raids.
Ripon’s proximity to Fountains Abbey, where the Cistercians had a long tradition of sheep farming and owned much grazing land, was of considerable advantage. After English people were forbidden from wearing foreign cloth in 1326, Ripon developed a cloth industry which was the third largest in size in Yorkshire after York and Halifax. Due to conflict with Scotland, political emphasis was on the North during the time of Edward I and Edward II, as Scottish invaders attacked numerous northern English towns. Ripon had a wakeman to make sure the residents were safely home by curfew and law and order was maintained, yet it was forced to pay 1,000 marks to the Scots to prevent them from burning down the town on one occasion.
While there are many places to see while in Ripon and a great many things to do, you won’t want to miss out on the historical landmarks, which include Fountains Abbey, The Ripon Cathedral, The Ripon Hornblower, Newby Hall and Gardens, The Druids Temple, and the Obelisk. If you have time, check out Norton Conyers, Markenfield Hall, George Frederick Samuel Statue and Ripley Castle and Gardens as well.
Some fun places to visit include Ripon Racecourse, Curzon Ripon Cinema and Treetop Nets. Give those a visit if you can. Three museums which are a good way to spend some time visiting are Courthouse Museum, Prison and Police Museum and Workhouse Museum. Before you get the idea that Ripon is all about prisons and workhouses, let me assure you that it’s not. There are splendid parks, great restaurants and pubs and fun for the entire family in this lovely little town.
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