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Exploring Historical North Yorkshire

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A March 2003 trip to Yorkshire by Drever

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Photo, Ripon, England More Photos
Quote: I spent two interesting and enthralling days exploring historical Yorkshire. Within a small area I found the town where stage coaches made their overnight stop between London and England, England’s largest abbey, a 1,000-year-old cathedral, the home of England’s most famous and feared prophet, and a petrifying well.

Exploring Historical North Yorkshire

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Three Horse Shoes Hotel, Boroughbridge Photo, Yorkshire, England
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I stayed in Boroughbridge in a hotel called the Three Horse Shoes. I so love the quaint names of English pubs and hotels. The hotel had the look of many of the historical buildings in the area – wood and plaster. The food was traditional British and the helpings hadn’t moved on since starving passengers alighted from stagecoaches – simply enormous. Boroughbridge was a stopping point for stagecoaches travelling from London to Edinburgh. I was in the area because I had intended attending a course in the finer points of woodwork at the only major industry in the area, namely John Boddy’s Fine Wood & Tool Store Ltd. The course was cancelled so I explored instead. The ancient cities of York and R...Read More

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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Attraction | "Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden"

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Photo, Ripon, England
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I had come to visit Fountains Abbey, the greatest abbey in England. Unfortunately I was a few centuries too late. However, the incomparable 12th century ruins three miles west of Ripon in the lovely little valley of the River Skell brings visitors flocking in. It is now part of a World Heritage Site. To see it properly allow about two hours for a leisury stroll around. Its origins began in 1132 when the prior and 13 monks at St Mary's Abbey, York, disapproving of the corruption in their house left to set up their own abbey. The archbishop of York provided them with a site in the River Skell valley. Three years later the exiled monks joined the disciplined Cistercian order. This powered the Abbe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Ripon near Harrogate
North Yorkshire HG4 3DY
+44 (0) 1765 608888

Ripon Cathedral

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Attraction | "Ripon Cathedral - 1300 Years of History"

Ripon Cathedral Photo, Yorkshire, England
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The chunky twin towers of the great west front of Ripon Cathedral dominate the little Yorkshire town positioned around it. Ripon Cathedral has had 1,300 years of rebuilding. The inside of the cathedral contains 800 years of craftsmanship in stone and wood in the nave and choir, and there is a medieval stained-glass window. The lovely ceiling bosses depict Biblical scenes. Tall graceful arches and clustered columns with carved stone capitals and corbels, and a superb example of early 14th century stone tracery in the colourful east window gives the cathedral majesty. Above the choir stalls and canons' seats are elegant pinnacled canopies. The choir stalls with their carved set of 34...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Ripon Cathedral
Liberty Court House Minster Road
North Yorkshire HG4 1QS
+44 (0)1765 603462

Historic Boroughbridge

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Attraction | "Boroughbridge - historical Yorkshire town"

Historic Boroughbridge Photo, Yorkshire, England
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The stagecoach slowly approached Boroughbridge. The twinkling lights from the windows made a welcome sight to the bone-weary passengers. They still had half of their journey from London to Edinburgh on the Great North Road to complete. A round of some of the 30 pubs and a good night’s sleep in the Crown Hotel would see them ready for the morrow. The coach would then wind its way through the market square with its little row of shops and taverns before passing over Carr’s bridge and heading north. The massively built stone bridge had withstood the rushing waters of many floods on the River Ure. A weir just upstream and a lock and canal, opened in 1769, allow navigation up the river through scenic coun...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Historic Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire
Yorkshire, England YO51 9DN

Knaresborough Castle/Market Town

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Attraction | "Knaresborough - Prophets and petrifing wells"

Knaresborough Castle/Market Town Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Viewed from the riverbank Knaresborough appears to perch precariously on the cliffs rising steeply from the River Nidd. A chaotic patchwork of colourful buildings clings to the steep sides of the gorge in an enchanting way. As I discovered it has much to offer - a castle, the oldest chemist shop in England, historic streets, boating and a mixture of charming buildings - including a house built into a rock. Traders have held a market here on Wednesdays since at least 1310. There are some unusual offspring, legends and folklore. Part of this bustling settlement's appeal lies in the unspoilt quarters with their intriguing maze of alleys and ginnels. The viaduct view and the river complete with int...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Knaresborough Castle/Market Town
River Nidd
Knaresborough, North Yorkshire