For all you Downton Abbey fans, you know that Bates (that eternal pessimist) and Anna (the eternal optimist) were married in Ripon, although they were married in the Registrar's office, not the Cathedral. I can't find a registration office in Ripon, so I think Malton would have been where the civil marriage ceremony would have taken place...if the story were true, of course, and if Anna were foolish enough to marry someone with such a negative attitude.
Nevertheless, this week's Anglophile Friday contains a few photos of Ripon Cathedral - mostly windows. I will post the others next week.
Just 20 miles southeast of Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales lies the city of Ripon. Ripon Cathedral was begun in 660 AD by St. Wilfrid, the son of an Anglo Saxon noble. After living in a Celtic monastery at Lindisfarne, Wilfrid, at age 18, made the trip to Rome (still can't get over how these people managed to travel in those days!). The next three years there changed his life and he made the decision to become a monk.
A Brief History of Ripon Cathedral
"Ripon Cathedral was founded by St Wilfrid (c. 634-709), who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672. The only part of Wilfrid’s church to survive, however, is the ancient Saxon crypt.
"The nave was largely rebuilt in the Perpendicular (late Gothic) style after the central tower collapsed in 1450, when the side-aisles were also added. Work was halted, however, by the disruptions of the Reformation in the 1530s, which is why to this day there are incomplete pillars and mismatched arches under the central tower.
"In 1604 Ripon was re-founded by King James I as a collegiate church, and although the Chapter (the governing body) was dissolved again during the Commonwealth (1649-60), it was reinstated following the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II in 1660. In 1836 Ripon Minster became a Cathedral with the creation of the first new diocese in England since the Reformation."
l. Melchizedek, King, Priest
r. Moses, Lawgiver
Under the Nave, Passageway to the Crypt,
built in 672 by Wilfrid, who tried to replicate
what he thought Christ's tomb would have looked like.
He kept relics there for pilgrims to see,
a place where they could pray and worship.
672 AD - Ripon Cathedral founded
A mere 820 years before Columbus discovered the New World
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