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RIPLEY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1834.

Geographical and Historical information from the year 1834.

"RIPLEY, is a small market town and township, in the parish of its name, which is partly in the upper and partly in the lower division of the wapentake of Claro, West Riding, 208 miles from London, 19 n. from Leeds, 8 s. from Ripon, and 5 w. from Knaresborough ; situate on rising ground, about half a mile north from the river Nidd, and consists of one broad street ; the old houses in which having been taken down, together with the grammar school, were rebuilt, in 1830, by Sir W.A. Ingilby, bart. M.P. in a uniform style : the place now presenting a neat and pleasing appearance, and the country surrounding it is well cultivated and highly picturesque. The principal object of attraction here is Ripley Castle, the ancient seat of the Ingilby family, one of whom (Sir Thomas Ingilby) was the founder of the church. Oliver Cromwell passed the night succeeding the battle of Marston Moor in this castle. The church is dedicated to All Saints, and the living is a rectory, in the patronage of Sir W.A.Ingilby. The free school here was founded and endowed in 1702, by Mary and Catherine Ingilby ; the income, at present, amounts to about 40. a year : it is free for the children of the whole parish. The market is held on Monday, and the fairs on Easter Monday and Tuesday, and the 25th August, principally for cattle, horses and sheep. The parish contained in 1831, 1,219 inhabitants, and the township 270 of that number."

"KILLINGHALL, is a village and township, in the parish of Ripley, one mile from that town. The inhabitants are, for the most part, employed in agriculture : the number at the last census was 545."

[Transcribed by Steve Garton ©2000 from
Pigot's directory (Yorkshire section) 1834]