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RIPON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1837.

"RIPON, is a parish-town and an ancient Borough and handsome market town, is the City or capital of a Bishopric which was created in 1836. It is celebrated for its magnificent "Minster," or Collegiate Church, now the Cathedral; and gives name to an extensive parish and baronial liberty, having magistrates, courts, and prisons of its own, as will be seen with its History in the second volume of this work. The town is pleasantly seated within the bounds of Claro Wapentake, at the confluence of the river Ure and the Skell rivulet, 6 miles N W of Boroughbridge; 27 miles N of Leeds; 25 miles S S E of Richmond; 24 miles N W by W of York; and 208 miles N N W of London. The market, held every Thursday, is extensively supplied with corn and provisions; and here are six large annual Fairs on the first Thursday after January 13th, May 13th & 14th; the first Thursday and Friday in June; Thursday before 2nd August; first Thursday in November, and November 23rd for cattle, hardware, cloth, &c. (For Corporation, Magistrates &c. see History of Ripon in Vol. 11)."

"PATELEY BRIDGE, is a small market town, on the river Nidd near the Craven lead mines, 11 miles W.S.W of Ripon, and 15 miles N.E. of Skipton. It is in the Wapentake of Claro, in the township of High and Low Bishopside, and in the liberty and parish of Ripon. It contains about 1,800 inhabitants, and has a weekly market held on Saturday, and a fortnight cattle fair, held every alternate Saturday, from the first Saturday in February till the third Saturday in May. Here are also five annual fairs for cattle, &c. held on Easter and Whitsun. Eves; Sept 17th, if on a Saturday. If not, on the Saturday after; on the first Tuesday after Oct 10th. And on the Saturday before Martinmas. The Post Office is at Mr John Scafe's, where letters are received at ½ past 9 morning, and despatched at 12 noon."

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