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    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

    by spidermiss Written Jul 12, 2010

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    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and part of The National Trust, a conservation charity in the UK. It's near the market town of Ripon in North Yorkshire. The Site was founded by 13 monks in 1152 and it became affluent in Europe with its impressive Abbey. During King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, the Abbey was runined but the Cistercian Mill survived and was used for various purposes until the middle of the 20th Century.

    At the other end of the site, Studley Royal, a water garden, was created in the 18th Century with its neoclassical monuments and temples.

    It's a place where all including families can expolore the Abbey ruins; have a picnic in the grounds and wander around in general. I recommend a whole day to take in all the site's attractions at a leisurely pace. There are cafes and refreshment kiosks available at the visitors centre and at the other end of the grounds.

    It cost around 8 GBP to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. However, you can get your admittance fee refunded if you join The National Trust as a member and you can visit other National Trust properties across the country at no extra charge.

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    Cabmen's Shelter

    by leics Updated Oct 31, 2009

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    It would be quite easy to ignore this little wooden structure in Ripon's Market Place.

    But its story is actually rather interesting.

    Sarah Carter, the daughter of a Mayor of Ripon, left a legacy of 200GBP to prvide a shelter for the cabmen who waited, in all weathers, in the Market Place. That was a kind thought.

    So in 1911 the cabmen's shelter was erected. As times changed it fell into disrepair, and was eventually taken into the care of the Ripon Civic Society.

    Having been restored twice, it can now be seen in more-or-less its original spot on the Market Place. It is wheeled,so was obviously intended to be moved around.

    Worth having a look as you pass by.

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    Watch the Hornblower.

    by leics Updated Oct 31, 2009

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    The present (2009) Hornblower.

    Every night...every single night.... at 9pm, the Ripon Hornblower comes to what was once the Market Cross and is now the Obelisk in Ripon Market Square. He blows the horn four times, once at each corner of the cross/obelisk, to tell the good folk of Ripon that the 'Wakeman' (the night watchman) is now protecting their town and keeping watch..so they can safely go to bed.

    This has been going on for at least 1000 year, and possibly longer. Legend has it that it began when King Alfred presented Ripon with its first horn in 876 AD.

    Although there is a deputy hornblower, this is a real commitment. The present holder of the post, George Pickles, blows his horn 300 nights a year.

    It's really worth going to see the Hornblower.....he does his hornblowing and then talks to onlookers about the history behind it. In summer there can be as many as 100 people, but there were only 3 of us when I visited. No doubt there are many winter nights when he is all alone on the square.......but still the tradition must be kept up.

    I made a video of the Hornblower.

    Make sure you see him!

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    Ripon Cathedral

    by leics Updated Oct 31, 2009

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    Ripon Cathedral only became a cathedral in 1836. Before that it was a Minster, a church which was a central point for sending out priests to 'minister' to the surrounding area.

    It has a very, very long history: the present building is the fourth church on the site. You can still see the crypt from one of the very earliest (dating back to 672AD).

    The wonderful West Front dates from the 1200s, and originally had two wooden spires on its towers.

    The Medieval misericords in the choir are really superb. Ripon is worth visiting just to see them.

    Defintely a place worth visiting.

    You will need to buy a photography permit for the cathedral (from the gift shop). It cost 3GBP when I visited (October 2009).

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    Points of Interest in Ripon

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    The Town Hall is one of Ripon's most elegant buildings. Designed by James Wyatt, it was completed in 1801.

    The obelisk, standing in the main market square, was built by John Aislabe (who owned Studley Royal) in 1702. It was the first free-standing obelisk in the country.

    The Ripley House (1604) was home of Hugh Ripley, the first mayor of Ripon. It's also the oldest house in the town.

    The River Ure runs along the side of the town, past the Cathedral.

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    Yorkshire Law and Order Museums

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 27, 2006

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    This collection of museums, devoted to crime, punishment, and the administration of justice, is the most interesting thing to see in Ripon. Learn about how the police force began, how criminal suspects were handled, the law courts, and the prisons.

    The museums here at the Courthouse Museum, the Prison and Police Museum, and the Workhouse Museum.

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    Ripon Cathedral

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Ripon Cathedral's front, begun in 1220
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    Ripon Cathedral stands on the site where St Wilfrid built one of England's first stone churches in 672. This is the fourth church to be established here. Its construction began in the early 13th century, was interrupted a few times, and finally completed in 1604.

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    St.Wilfrids Catholic Church

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 9, 2012
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    This church which is situated in the Coltsgate hill region of Ripon was built between 1860-62 and is notable for its octagonal chancel and statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ.

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    Market Place

    by tim07 Updated Sep 11, 2011
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    The Market Place has been the centre of the city since the 12th century. As well as the Town Hall you'll find other historic buildings such as The Unicorn Hotel and The Wakeman's House.

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    Town Hall

    by tim07 Updated Sep 11, 2011
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    The Town Hall was originally built in 1801 as a town house. In 1897 the then Mayor and owner gave the building over to the city.

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    Church

    by MacDaddie Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Nice Stone Church just as you drive out of town. Church is still active and the local graveyard is here as well.

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