Monday, May 26, 2014

Bits of Ripon, England

Here's some parts of Ripon that never made it into their own posts!

Ripon is a charming market town in the heart of Yorkshire. Ripon has a Wakeman who keeps watch over the city. Every night at 9 p.m. he comes to the market square and blows his horn. The tradition has continued for over 900 years and is still done. The Wakeman also blows the horn on Thursday mornings to announce the opening of market day.

Ripon Market Square

The town hall

The Wakeman's House, now a pub

The Cenotaph in the market square is 300 years old and commemorates war heroes from many different conflicts.

The cenotaph

Just outside the square is the Spa Baths. Constructed in 1904, it serves as an indoor swimming pool to locals.

Ripon Spa Baths

Across the street is the Spa Park Maze, a 2001 recreation of an ancient turf maze destroyed in 1827. The maze (according to records) was known as the "Maiden's Bower" and probably had something to do with fertility rites.

Spa Park Maze

Beyond the maze is a playground. The kids weren't with me when I visited so there are no cute pictures of them in action.

Playground without children!

Holy Trinity Church is located on the other side of the park. It is the less famous Church of England building in Ripon (the other being the Cathedral).

Trinity Church

On the other side of town is the Victorian Clock Tower. Two sisters had this built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Victorian Clock Tower

The other side of the tower

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