Ripley, North Yorkshire

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For the town in Derbyshire, see Ripley, Derbyshire. For the village in Surrey, see Ripley, Surrey.
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Ripley Castle
Ripley is located in North Yorkshire
Ripley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 232 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE282605
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HG3
Dialling code 01423
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°02′28″N 1°34′05″W / 54.041000°N 1.568000°W / 54.041000; -1.568000Coordinates: 54°02′28″N 1°34′05″W / 54.041000°N 1.568000°W / 54.041000; -1.568000

Ripley is a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire in England, a few miles north of Harrogate on the A61 road towards Ripon. The village name derives from Old English and is believed to mean wood of the Hrype or Ripon people.[2]

A castle dating from the 15th century, Ripley Castle, has been the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years.[3] The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby, 6th Baronet (see Ingilby Baronets), the 28th generation. The castle, which has a priest hole, is open for public tours.[4] The landscaped castle grounds and ornamental lakes are also open to the public.[5]

A nineteenth century Ingilby tore down the old village and modelled it after an Alsatian village with an "hôtel de ville" style town hall.[6] The castle and the parish church were not affected by the reconstruction.

In March 2017, the village was named number 17 out of the 20 Best Villages in Britain to live in (one of only two in the North of England). The listing describes it as a popular satellite village of Harrogate and that families from London having been moving here and commuting to London twice-weekly.[7]

See also[edit]

  • Ripley Group - Ripley Fine Foods Limited, Ripley Traditional Sweet Company, The World Famous Ripley Ice Cream and Ripley Store


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 388. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  3. ^ Sir Thomas Ingilby. "Ingilby History: 700 Years of Ingilbys at Ripley Introduction". Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Castle Tour - Ripley Castle". Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gardens to visit: Ripley Castle". The Telegraph. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ripley... home of the blues". The Yorkshire Post. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Rowlinson, Liz. "20 best villages in Britain". The Times (72169). Times 2 supplement. p. 2. ISSN 0140-0460. 

External links[edit]

'Ripley Castle', 1816 by Francis Orpen Morris