Saturday, 9 April 2011

Images of .... Spring in Ripley

Ripley, between Harrogate and Ripon in North Yorkshire, is an estate village belonging to Ripley Castle, family seat of the Ingilbys for the past 700 years.  The present village was built in 1825 by the eccentric Sir William Amcotts Ingilby, who modelled it on an estate village he had seen in Alsace-Lorraine.  The original village had had thatched cottages which were in a poor state of repair.  The Castle and church remain much as they were but the rest of the village was rebuilt, to include a cobbled square and hôtel-de-ville style town hall.

Main street, looking towards The Boar's Head Inn, an old coaching inn

A house on the main street

Part of Ripley Castle

Window above a gate at Ripley Castle, with part of the family coats of arms

 A stream through the woods

Cowslips (primula veris)

 Fishing in Ripley Castle's ornamental lake


  1. Such beautiful images of spring!

  2. Oh wow.. HOw very very stunning and Beautiful. Loved your blog and the view thought your words and lens.

  3. There's a fantastic harmony between the grey stones , the white windows and the green grass;It may be sad in winter,but As soon as the sky becomes blue, the landscape is gorgous!very "english" to my eyes, and therefore very precious

  4. Oh my! You've given us a real treat this time, so many photos! I love the color in the flowers and door that brighten up otherwise stern and drab looking block buildings. Altogether, it makes a charming scene!