Ripponden

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Ripponden
Yorkshire
West Riding
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St Bartholomew's Church
Location
Grid reference: SE035195
Location: 53°40’19"N, 1°56’46"W
Data
Population: 7,421  (2011)
Post town: Sowerby Bridge
Postcode: HX6
Dialling code: 01422
Local Government
Council: Calderdale
Parliamentary
constituency:
Calder Valley

Ripponden is a village and civil parish on the River Ryburn near Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Its population was 6,412 at the time of the 2001 Census,[1] and 7,421 in 2011.[2]

Ripponden is the main settlement in a small group of villages (Barkisland, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland) whose citizens are represented on Ripponden Parish Council.[3]

Ripponden and its villages were formerly served by the Rishworth branch line from Sowerby Bridge; Ripponden and Barkisland railway station closed to passengers in 1929 and the line was closed completely in 1958.[4]

The area is of archaeological note as it is rich in neolithic and bronze age remains.[5] At nearby Ringstone Edge can be found a small stone circle.[6]

The Beehive Inn

Ripponden is the terminus of the annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival.[7]

The village is on the route of the Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular walk around the hills and valleys of Calderdale.[8]

The Old Bridge Inn[9] in the village is the home of an annual pork pie competition.[10][11][12] The Old Bridge, or Waterloo Bridge, near the Inn is on the old packhorse road through the village and is also known as the Packhorse Bridge.[13]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France, from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. On leaving Ripponden, riders undertook the third climb of the stage, the Category 3 Côte de Ripponden: 1,400 yards long with an average gradient of 8.6%.

Notable people

Sir Norman Howard Bottomley, Air Chief Marshal of the RAF and Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command in 1945, was born in Ripponden in 1891.[14]

Nobel Prize–winning physicist Prof Richard Feynman was a regular visitor to the village in the 1960s-1980s, with his wife who was born locally. He also spent significant time in nearby Mill Bank.[15]

References

  1. "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Calderdale". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/viewFullDataset.do?instanceSelection=03070&productId=779&$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=8&containerAreaId=790270. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  2. "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11127954&c=Ripponden&d=16&e=62&g=6370848&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1456227814959&enc=1. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  3. "Welcome". http://www.rippondenparishcouncil.co.uk/. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  4. Burgess, Neil (2014). The lost railways of Yorkshire's West Riding (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 66. ISBN 9781840336573. 
  5. "Relics are found in Ripponden reservoir". Johnstone Publishing. 28 October 2014. http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale/relics-are-found-in-ripponden-reservoir-1-6909519. Retrieved 11 May 2016. "An exciting discovery made at a reservoir in Ripponden has given a new insight into the lives of prehistoric civilizations in the area" 
  6. Bennett, Paul (9 September 2009). "Ringstone Edge Cairn Circle". https://megalithix.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/ringstone-edge/. Retrieved 11 May 2016. "If we visit this site today, all we are left with is a scattered mass (or perhaps that should that be ‘mess’) of many hundreds of stones" 
  7. "Rushbearing Festival is one of a kind". Johnstone Publishing. 11 September 2015. http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale/slideshow-rushbearing-festival-is-one-of-a-kind-1-7456145. Retrieved 11 May 2016. "The weekend drew to a close as the procession arrived in Ripponden" 
  8. Hannon, Paul (2001). Calderdale way. (2 ed.). Hillside. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-870141-71-0. 
  9. Historic England. "The Bridge Inn (542485)". PastScape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=542485. Retrieved 12 May 2016 
  10. "Pork Pie Battle Hits Ripponden". Porkpieclub.net. 15 January 2010. http://porkpieclub.net/index.php/pork-pie-history/12-pork-pie-battle-hits-ripponden.html. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  11. "Events & Festivals". Visitcalderdale.com. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140301163837/http://www.visitcalderdale.com/EventsFestivals/tabid/474/language/en-US/Default.aspx. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  12. "Ripponden pub hosts 23rd annual pork pie competition". Johnstone Publishing. 11 September 2015. http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/ripponden-pub-hosts-23rd-annual-pork-pie-competition-1-7231233. Retrieved 11 May 2016. "Professional and amateur pork pie enthusiasts battled it out in an annual pork pie competition" 
  13. Historic England. "Ripponden Old Bridge (47498)". PastScape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=47498. Retrieved 12 May 2016 
  14. "1933 Who's Who in British Aviation: Name B". http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/1933_Who%27s_Who_in_British_Aviation:_Name_B. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  15. Richard Feynman (2005). Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0465023714. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfectly-Reasonable-Deviations-Beaten-Track/dp/0465023711/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434824349&sr=8-1&keywords=perfectly+reasonable. 

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