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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.

    Fountains Abbey Inside Foutains Abbey Studley Royal Water Garden Studley Royal Water Garden Swans at Studley Royal Water Garden
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    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

    by Landotravel Updated Aug 29, 2011

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    The second great reason -apart from the Cathedral- to visit Ripon is itself a reason to travel to Britain. Only arriving here to visit this World Heritage estate is worthy enough for it keeps you with your mouth opened till the very end.

    Amazingly beauty English Garden, incredibly romantic walkings through the remains of an enormous abbey or through the forest, giant trees, deep green everywhere and monuments appearing here and there to your delight. I'll not tell you any more but, if you come here, take the map and DON'T MISS A SINGLE POINT marked on it. Take the complete tour.

    An atmospheric walking to remember. This is why travelling is always worth!

    St. Mary's Church Sight from upper path Abbey's arches Cellarium Temple of Fame

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    Market Square

    by Landotravel Written Aug 24, 2011

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    While Ripon Cathedral is the architectural and cultural center in the village, Market Square is undoubtedly its social centre since centuries ago. Being a broad space with some nice ancient houses scattered around and a high obelisk in the very center I feel it's not really the way Daniel Defoe considered it -"...the finest of its kind in England"- but curious and fine anyway and with a lot of history behind.

    John Aislabie's obelisk dating from XVIIIth century, the Town Hall, Wakeman's House, Thursday market -every week since more than 1.000 years ago- and the famous figure of the Hornblower that blows the horn here everyday at 21 h., are some of the peculiarities of this key Ripon place.

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    Watch the Hornblower.

    by leics Updated Oct 31, 2009

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    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!

    The present (2009) Hornblower.
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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.

    Cabmen's shelter Plaque
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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).

    Interior 1 Cathedral from Kirkgate Interior 2 Interior 3 The early Medieval crypt (672 AD)
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    Ripon Cathedral

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 27, 2006

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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.

    Ripon Cathedral's front, begun in 1220 Side view Inside the Cathedral Looking up The choir
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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.

    Entrance to the Museum of Police and Prisons Various police batons The whipping post and pillory Police interrogation tools Noise-making devices used to train horses
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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.

    Town Hall The obelisk, in the market square Home of Hugh Ripley, first mayor of Ripon The bridge over the River Ure A stream flows into the River Ure
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    Ripon Cathedral

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Ripon Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of Ripon and Leeds and the mother church of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds,situated in the centre of the small city of Ripon,North Yorkshire.
    A church on the site is thought to date from 672,when it is believed to have been the 2nd stone building erected in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria,the Crypt dates from this period.People have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon for more than 1,350 years.The cathedral itself is part of this continuing act of worship.Begun in the 7th century when'Saint Wilfred' built one of England's first stone churches on this site.today's church is the fourth to be stood on this site,devastated by the English King in AD 948 as a warning to the Archbishop of York,only the Crypt of Wilfred's church survived.A second minster soon arouse at Ripon,but it too perished in 1069 this time at the hands of 'William the Conqueror'.The minster finally became a cathedral in 1836.There is a visitor's information centre and gift shop inside,check website for services and opening hours.

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    Ripon Cathedral

    by Balam Updated Apr 2, 2012

    Ripon Cathedral is one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Britain history stretching back for nearly fourteen centuries
    The church was founded by Saint Wilfrid and dedicated in 672 making it one of England’s first stone churches although it has been rebuilt several times since the ancient Saxon crypt is the only part of St. Wilfrid’s original church that remains.

    Ripon Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. Entrance is FREE

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    Market Square

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jun 27, 2012

    Ripon has grown up around its market place and square,which has provided a focus for the life of the city.It is not unlikely that a market had developed at Ripon by the 10th century when Yorkshire was renowed for the number of its markets and fairs.There has thus probably been a market here for over a thousand years.Thursdays would draw out extra pilgrims for whom traders would set out their stalls,the inspiration for Thursday as Ripon's market day can be claimed to go back to the eighth century.In the 18th century'Daniel Dafoe' described Ripon Market Square as' the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England'.In the centre of the square is the Obelisk(designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor) erected in honour of the' Ripon Cornblower's' whose job in the middle ages was similar to that of a mayor,although he had more responsibilities in the keeping of law and order.Every day at 9pm the horn is blown from the four corners of Obelisk.The horn has become the symbol of the city and is shown on the coat of arms.Other famous buildings in square include the Town Hall and the Unicorn Hotel.

    Obelisk Hornblowers throughout History Local noticeboard in square View of the square
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    St.Mary Magdalen:The Leper Chapel

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jun 30, 2012

    Pilgrims to the shrine of St.Wilfred in Ripon Cathedral,and travellers of the twelfth Century,having braved perils of the forest's of the North,and the crossing of the River Ure,would come across the site of the buildings of the hospital of St.Mary Magdalen.The hospital was established by'Archbishop Thurstan(1114-1141 A.D.) on this first peice of dry land after the river crossing and just outside the north gate of the city.All that remains of the hospital is the practically unaltered Norman Chapel dating from 1115 A.D.
    Any Leper born in the Ripshire area was to be provided with a daily food ration.Lepers from outside and medicant priests were to be provided with a days lodging and provision before they were to go on there way.After a decline in Leprosy in the middle of the 14th century the hospital was used for caring for the sick of the city,the chapel was restored and part re-built in the 18th century and looks not that different from the one you see today.

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    Tourist information centre

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 1, 2012

    The information centre has all the info you will need for your visit to Ripon and the surrounding area.The helpful staff will be able to answer any questions you have and help you during your stay etc.A small gift shop sells various souvenirs and memorabilia on the city,maps,books,keyrings etc.

    Opening times:1st April till 31st October-mon till sat-10am till 5pm,sun-10am till 1pm
    1st November till 31st March-Thu and sat-10am till 4pm,closed 1pm till 1.30pm for lunch.

    Entrance to Info centre Nearby public gardens
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    Spa Gardens

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 1, 2012

    Spa Gardens is a beautiful public park in the heart of Ripon,the gardens boast Ripon's War Memorial and has won the Yorkshire in Bloom award several times for its splendid flower beds.There is a splendid Victorian Band stand in the middle of the park that plays host to many concerts and festivals throughout the year.For Birdwatchers,carefully sited nesting boxes have encouraged many varieties to make a home in the gardens alongside outdoor games and the Sun Parlour cafe serving home cooked food.
    In 2011 the Friends of Spa Gardens working in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council,were successful in securing funding towards the restoration of the War Memorial and the Marquess of Ripon Statue.
    There is limited off st parking near the entrance and the park is open all year round 24 hours a day.

    Entrance Welcome War Memorial Band Stand Local Art
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