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RIPLEY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

"RIPLEY, a small but ancient market town and township, a parish-town in the parish of its own name, and in the Wapentake of Claro, is situated on the river Nidd, 8 miles S. of Ripon, and 5 miles W.N.W. of Knaresbrough. It has only 270 inhabitants. The market is on Monday, and two fairs for cattle, horses, sheep &c. are held on Easter Monday, and Tuesday, and on the 25th August. The Post Office is at Mr. Thomas Fletcher's, where letters are received at 7, and despatched at 9 evening."

[Transcribed from White's History, gazetteer and directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1837]