Oozing out – 700 years of antiquity!

Published in part response to the daily word-prompt ‘Ooze, includes a short home video and a short formal  documentary.

“The shattered wall and the broken tower have a story to tell – from the touchstones of ruins and ancient texts we make a pilgrimage.”  ~ The Ruins, Michael Alexander.

Ahh… but not this time, no broken towers and ruined walls on our most recent historical pilgrimage.

Recently,  youngest daughter Sophie and I visited the 700 year old Ripley Castle in the village of Ripley, North Yorkshire. Ripley is 3 miles north of Harrogate and some fifteen miles away from our home.  


Having visited Ripley and the castle grounds on previous occasions, this was the first time we had taken the guided tour. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photographs within the castle itself.

However, the tour proved to be one of our most interesting historical visits to date. Imagine… 700 years of antiquity oozing out of the very fabric of the walls.

The  Grade I listed Castle with its captivating history has been owned since the 14th century by the Ingilby family and they still live there!

Sir Thomas Ingilby (1290-1352) acquired the Ripley estate and castle as a dowry upon his marriage to the heiress Edeline Thwenge in 1308.

Some years later their oldest son (also called Thomas – 1310–1369), saved the king from being gored by a wild boar whilst on a hunting expedition. In return he was knighted and the boar’s head symbol became his crest.

I was fascinated to learn that in 1603 James VI of Scotland stayed at the castle when he was en route to his coronation as James I of England.

Another equally interesting fact I learned was about Oliver Cromwell, he had been held at the castle overnight and at gunpoint by ‘Trooper Jane Ingilby’!  

Once a Roman Catholic household, the family are now Church of England, and I was delighted to find a glimpse of their catholic past with a hidden Priest hole, which for me was the highlight of my visit and is shown in the second video at the bottom of this page.

I’ve included an informal video here that was created for my friend, therefore, please accept our apologies for the informal comments each of us make (especially me!).

As shown in the video our lunch was enjoyed at the pretty Castle Tearoom and because it was a sunny day, we chose to eat in the outdoor section.


 Please do take a look at this interesting and more formal documentary video of Ripley Castle presented by Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby.. 

A more in-depth look at the Ingilby family history can be found here. 

Would I recommend a visit to this castle?  Oh yes, without a doubt and as I said earlier in my home video, the tour was inexpensive and worth every penny!

©nansfarm.net 2017

9 thoughts on “Oozing out – 700 years of antiquity!

  1. gc

    Kudos to both you and Sophie for a job well done.Why were you not allowed to take photos inside the castle? Were there relics and artifacts inside the castle that would have been damaged by a camera flash? Other than that Susan a job well done. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I don’t know why Gerry, but like you suggested the castle was full of artefacts so flash photography could have been the issue. Most places say please don’t use flash. We were also instructed not to touch anything, but then our guide suddenly asked Sophie and me if we’d like to pick up a pair of ladies’ 500 year old shoes! So to be asked out of the whole group made us feel very honoured. However, I wouldn’t have liked to have worn them, they were heavy and hard like concrete and very small, even for me! Thank you for liking the post and for your comments, much appreciated


  2. Apart from flashes affecting old fabrics, there is an issue of security, with potential ne’er do wells filming where objects are, access points etc, and also commercial rights issues for books, films, and the like.

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    1. You haven’t been to Ripley castle? It’s just down the road from your old army college. Though not sure it would have been open to the public back then. Peter it cost only £5.00 each for the house tour and we could freely enjoy the grounds for as long as we wanted. So reasonable. A brilliant morning out.

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