Ripley  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ripley like this:

RIPLEY, a village and a township in Knaresborough district, and a parish partly also in Pateley-Bridge district, w. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Nidd, near the Nidd Valley railway, 5 miles W N W of Knaresborough; was once a market-town; became ingreat measure ruinous, and was mainly rebuilt about 1829; consists of one wide street, of very pleasing appearance: and has a post-office‡ under Leeds, a railway station, a town hall built in 1841, a literary institution, and fairs on Easter Monday and 25 Aug. ...

The township comprises 1,836 acres. Real property, £3, 163. Pop., 330. Houses, 57. The parish contains also the townships of Killinghall and Clint, and comprises 6, 836 acres. Real property, £9, 985. Pop. in 1851, 1, 286; in 1861, 1, 558. Houses, 308. The property is much subdivided., The manor of Ripley, with Ripley Castle, belongs to the Rev. H. J. Ingilby; and the manors of Killinghall and Clint belong to the Duke of Devonshire. Ripley Castlewas erected in 1555, by Sir W. Ingilby; gave lodgingfor a night to Oliver Cromwell, after the battle of Marston-Moor; and is now a spacious and handsome mansion, retaining only the great tower and the lodge of its original fortifications. The land is noted for the cultivation of liquorice. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £640.* Patron, the Rev. H. J. Ingilby. The church is old but good; consists of nave, aisles, tran-sept, and chancel, with porches and embattled tower; has memorial windows, put up in 1862, to the late Sir W. A. Ingilby, Bart.; and contains a number of oldmonuments of the Ingilby family. There are a Wesleyan chapel, two endowed schools with £206 and £40 a year, and charities £52. The alchemist Ripley and Arch-bishop Pullen were natives.

Ripley through time

Ripley is now part of Harrogate district. Click here for graphs and data of how Harrogate has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ripley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ripley, in Harrogate and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 10th July 2020

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