Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Ripley Castle and Village,Yorkshire Pt.9

Ripley Castle stands right in the middle of the small and quaint village of Ripley and the two are so intertwined that they merge together and they both rely on each other.

Ripley has been in the Ingleby family since 1300. It is not really a castle but a gentleman's country residence. The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingleby and his family, whose children like to help in the grounds and tearooms when they are home on holiday from school.

Ripley village was built in the French Gothic style in the 1830's when the then Baron had all the thatched buildings knocked down and rebuilt. He was a very eccentric man who used to often go out in his dressing gown.

In 1600 Oliver Cromwell came knocking on the door to stay the night during the Civil War. The then Baron had been fighting on the opposite side. In 1603 King James 1st came to stay the night on his way from Scotland to his Coronation in London.

The oldest room in the castle tower is seen today just as it was in 1555 complete with a Priest's secret hiding hole that was built for the Catholic Priest Francis Ingleby in 1586 It was only discovered by mistake in 1964.

The Ingleby's have strong connections with most of the conspirators of the 1605 Gunpowder plot and the Royalist trooper Jane Ingleby held Oliver Cromwell at pistol point in the castle library.

So again come with me and enjoy the treats of this quaint place and I promise we will do our best to miss the showers. And I do mean treats!

Such beautiful window boxes and displayed on every window ledge

Village school

Post Office

We are going to stop for coffee here

No, it wasn't empty - just a quiet corner which soon filled up

Everybody is eating Ice-cream - I wonder why

World Famous Ripley Ice-cream
Ripley ice-cream has been made to a well kept secret recipe for decades
Ripley ice-cream is made and served fresh
Soft, creamy and flavoursome

Yes it was delicious

And it's own olde worlde store
selling only specialist foods

Real Belgium chocolates - not chocolates made in England with Belgium chocolate
but chocolates imported direct from Belgium
As these are my favourite chocolates it would be embarrasing to tell you how many I bought (or hubby bought for me) to take home

Hope you enjoyed your visit, especially the coffee, ice-cream, and chocolates
We are now setting off to Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site but there is so much to see there we find we will have to make a second visit later in the week
Stay tuned


Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara, interesting holiday photos, I have never gone as far as Yorkshire but would love to ...shame about the weather tho.

Wild Rose said...

Hi Barbara,

So you tried the enormous ice-creams! My Mum lives less than a ten minute drive from Ripley, so you can imagine that I have visited a few times.

It really doesn't matter if the sun doesn't shine when you have such beautiful places to visit. I love Ripley Castle ~ I remember a beautiful chiming clock in the drawing room and the room that is reputed to be haunted...

Thanks for the memories.

Marie x

willow said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. You know, I would love to be your little side kick and travel around the country side with you. Sigh.

Schotzy said...

Stuff of my dreams! You are so fortunate! Thanks so much for sharing!

bennie and patsy said...

The best of tours you are giving. It boggles my mine to think how old the structures are.

Judy said...

How beautiful...thanks for taking us along on the tour! We have nothing really 'old' out touring a castle is special.

A Woman Who is: said...

My goodness I have gotten way behind on your have been doing a ton of traveling it appears. How splendid your holiday has been.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting place! Thanks for sharing. The ice cream sounds wonderful.

Foutains Abbey was a spin off from St |Marys (the ruins I posted about) in York. It's somewhere I really want to go to. Can't wait to have my appetite whetted. :-)

Needled Mom said...

Yes, I could actually almost taste that ice cream. I always enjoy your shared visits with all the wonderful history that goes with it. We get to see so many places that we would never get a chance to if it were not through your blog. This is MUCH better than history class.

Sara said...

Lots of delicious things to eat at Ripley Castle! I wonder, of all those delicious Belgium chocolates, which ones in particular are your favorites??

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, those window boxes! Was that fuschia I saw in there? Glorious colours!

Flowers, ice cream, chocolates, and a castle. Does life get any better than that???

Willow said...

I loved this post, Barbara. I hope I'll get to see Ripley Castle in person some day. Having recently read The Gunpowder Plot, I recognised the Ingleby name.

Please save some ice cream and chocolates for me!

A Woman Who is: said...

Tag your it...drop on by to play!

Linda said...

What an interesting place. I loved looking at the food store.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh such delights! From the window boxes to the ice cream and Belgian chocolates. I must say that you remain slim and trim, Barbara, so you must be doing something right!

Maddy said...

Thank you Barbara, that was a wonderful day out, just what I needed at the end of a long week at work. I'll be back for another cyber holiday tomorrow!

Darla said...

It's beautiful there.

Lorrie said...

What a "sweet" visit. I enjoy all the bits of history you share, the wonderful photographs, and your meanderings throughout your beautiful country. I'm glad to see the rain stopped for awhile!


Aubrey said...

Too bad they don't let you take pictures of the inside--that was fabulous. I wish I was English instead of American--there way cooler places there and much richer history, I think.

Mmm said...

I especially love those last two pictures. Lovely and old school looking.