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Ripley Castle near Ripon North Yorkshire 30th May 2011
Ripley is a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire in England, a few miles north of Harrogate on the A61 road towards Ripon. A castle dating from the 15th century, Ripley Castle, has been the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years. The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby, 6th Baronet the 28th generation. The castle, which has a priest hole, is open for public tours. The landscaped castle grounds and ornamental lakes are also open to the public. A nineteenth century Ingilby tore down the old village and modelled it after an Alsatian village with an hôtel de ville style town hall. The castle and the parish church were not affected by the reconstruction. The rally was held adjacent to the castle with the cars displayed around the lake. Unfortunately the weather was not kind, rain for a long period, bringing a premature end to the day’s proceedings.