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Boar's Head, Ripley

Ripley is dominated by its castle, which has been there since the 1400s, the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years. The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby. The grounds, lakes, and the village are all on the Ripley Castle estate.

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle, Ripley, North Yorkshire   Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle is open for guided tours (£9 for castle and grounds). There are also special children's tours, and it can be booked for corporate events and weddings. You can visit the garden only (generally 9-5; £6).

The gardens have ornamental lakes (the Ripley lakes). 

Ripley village and ice cream

Terraced stone cottages, Ripley   Ripley store

The village is part of the Ripley Castle estate. It was torn down and re-built between 1827 and 1854, in the style of villages in Alsace that Sir William Amcotts-Ingilby had seen while travelling. The terraced stone cottages are said to be in an Alsatian style. 

Ripley Store sells sweets and 'world famous ice cream'. It makes a good stop for families riding the Nidderdale Greenway from Harrogate to Ripley and back.

Boar's Head, Ripley

Boar's Head, Ripley

The Boar's Head is a coaching inn which is part of the estate. It is said to get its name from an incident in which Edward III was knocked from his horse, and could have been gored by a wild boar, had he not been saved by Thomas Ingilby, who killed the beast, and earned himself a knighthood and family crest in the process. 

The inn offers food, drink, and accommodation.

All Saints Church, Ripley

Ripley church   Tomb of Sir Thomas Ingilby

All Saints church in Ripley dates from the late 1300s (probably built in 1390).

The church replaced an earlier chapel on a nearby site, which had suffered from subsidence, and became known as 'the Sinking Chapel.' Some items were transferred to the new church from the Sinking Chapel, including the effigy chest tomb of Sir Thomas Ingilby (1290-1369) and his wife Lady Edeline. The effigies of Sir Thomas and his wife lie on top of the tomb, with Sir Thomas dressed in full armour. Their heads rest on a wild boar, in a reference to the incident where Thomas saved Edward III from such an animal. 

Weeping cross at Ripley church   Musket ball holes in the east wall, Ripley church

In the chuchyard is a weeping cross. Although the place name Weeping Cross exists in Stafford, Banbury, and Shrewsbury, Ripley is thought to have the only surviving physical example of a weeping cross. The cross is gone, but it would have fitted into the base, which has eight recesses, probably for the heads of kneeling devotees. The term 'weeping' would suggest an expression of grief or remorse. It may be that the cross was used during the festival of Corpus Christi, to lament the death of Christ. Or, it could have been for the public atonement of sins or crimes.

Another interesting feature are the marks on the east wall of the church, from musket balls fired by Oliver Cromwell's troops, when they executed Royalist prisoners after the Battle of Marston Moor (1644).

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