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Ripon is a cathedral city, market town and successor parish in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, located at the confluence of two streams of the River Ure in the form of the Laver and Skell. The city is noted for its main feature the Ripon Cathedral which is architecturally significant, as well as the Ripon Racecourse and other features such as its market. The city itself is just over 1,300 years old.
Post townRIPON
Administrative CountyNorth Yorkshire
Traditional CountyYorkshire, West Riding
OS GridSE3171
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01765
Population15,922 (2001 census)

Other names by which Ripon has been known in the past

Hrippun ~ Riponshire ~ Rippon

Ripon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ripon, city, mun. bor., par., and township, West-Riding Yorkshire, on river Ure, 29½ miles N. of Leeds by rail - par. (extending into the North-Riding), 58,235 ac., pop. 16,653; township, 1561 ac., pop. 6641; bor., 1580 ac., pop. 7390; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Thursday. Ripon is supposed to be of British or Roman origin. In 678 its monastery (built 661) became the seat of a bishopric, subsequently united with York. The new diocese of Ripon, created in 1836, comprises most of the West-Riding and part of the North-Riding. The cathedral, a remarkably fine edifice, was originally the church of the monastery. There is a handsome bridge over the Ure, which is here navigable. The spacious market-place is ornamented by an obelisk 90 feet high. Ripon was formerly celebrated for its spurs, but its principal manufactures now are saddle-trees, iron, machinery, leather, and varnish. It gives the title of marquis to the family of Robinson. It returned 2 members to Parliament from the time of Edward VI. until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.

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