Ripley, Yorkshire

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West Riding
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Ripley Castle
Grid reference: SE282605
Location: 54°2’28"N, 1°34’5"W
Population: 232  (2011)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Dialling code: 01423
Local Government
Council: Harrogate

Ripley is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, at the foot of Nidderdale and a few miles north of Harrogate (on the A61 road towards Ripon).

The name of the village derives from Old English and is believed to 'Hrype's Wood' or 'Ripon people'.[1]

The lords of the manor for centuries have been the Ingilby family of Ripley Castle. A nineteenth century Ingilby tore down the old village and modelled it after an Alsatian village with an "hôtel de ville" style town hall.[2] The castle and the parish church were not affected by the reconstruction.

The Nidderdale Way long distance footpath runs through the village, which is the usual starting point for the route.

Ripley Castle

Main article: Ripley Castle

'Ripley Castle', 1816 by Francis Orpen Morris

A castle dating from the 15th century, now a grand country house, Ripley Castle, has been the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years.[3] The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby, 6th Baronet; the 28th generation of the family here. The castle, which has a priest hole, is open for public tours.[4] The landscaped castle grounds and ornamental lakes are also open to the public.[5]

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  1. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. ISBN 0198691033
  2. "Ripley... home of the blues" (in en). The Yorkshire Post. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  3. Sir Thomas Ingilby: 'Ingilby History: 700 Years of Ingilbys at Ripley'
  4. Castle Tour - Ripley Castle
  5. Gardens to visit: Ripley Castle - The Telegraph, 21 May 2011