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Cathedral, Hornblower, architecture
Can be a bit rough round the edges
In a nutshell
For the Medieval cathedral and the Hornblower
To and from Ripon
Ripon is served by bus 142 and 143 from York. They remind me of bus services in Malaysia (a couple of minutes late and old sity buses) rather than what I know from the rest of the UK. Anyway, the service is fine and gets you every hour from one cathedral city to the other. Please check the timetables as they can vary from the usual hourly pattern, especially on sundays.
Further away, but better connected are Leeds and Harrogate, both accesible by line number 36. This service of modern double decker buses runs every twenty minutes via Ripley.
There are no train services to Ripon – the train station together with the line to Harrogate was closed in 1969.
Written Jan 8, 2011
The Arcade in Ripon centre is a small shopping centre leading from Market place to the back of the Unicorn Hotel and beyond.A narrow passage through an arch leads you to many independent stores such as bookshops,Jewellers and hardware stores as well as well known names such as Boots and Co-op.Most of these stores are open seven days a week,9am till 5pm monday till Saturday and 11am till 4pm on Sunday's.
What to buy: Clothes,books,hardware,food etc.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
Written Jul 6, 2012
Address: Arcade,Market place East,Ripon,HG41NZ
Phone: 01765 698979
Each evening, at 9:00 pm sharp, regardless of weather, the Hornblower appears in the market square, and sets the watch. He blows on a medieval curved horn to signal that it's time for the Wakeman to assume his post. The Wakeman (now known as the mayor) is responsible for public safety, together with his Constables. This tradition has continued, unbroken, since the 15th century.
The horn now used is called the African Ox Horn, and was given to the city in 1865. All hornblowers since 1820 are listed on a plaque, mounted on the obelisk in the market square.
Written Jan 27, 2006
The Green Man is a pagan symbol of fertility and new life.
He is always depicted as a face (occasionally a torso/whole body)with leaves growing from and around him.
Although he is a pagan symbol, dating far back into prehistory, he can be found in many Medieval churches and cathedrals in the UK and Europe.
I think Christians tolerated him in their holy places because they felt allowing him to be seen there brought more converts to Christianity. They could link the Green Man with the 'new life' that Christianity offered.
I always look for him in Christian buildings from Medieval times.
There are at least two Green Men in Ripon cathedral. One is upside-down, on one of the misericords in the choir. The other is high up in the stonework above where the gift shop is now sited (to the left of the main entrance.
Keep your eyes open for this pre-Christian symbol in a Christian church.
Written Oct 31, 2009