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26th August 2013
Ripon Civic Society resumes its talks series on Thursday 5 September, when Andrew Coulson will talk about the city’s St Wilfrid’s Church.
St Wilfrid’s was designed by York-born architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom, who gave his name to the hansom cab, invented in 1834. He also designed Birmingham’s Greek-style Town Hall. The church was built for the Roman Catholic community in Ripon, partly to show that the Catholics were now able to worship freely after centuries of repression. St Wilfrid’s Church, on Coltsgate Hill, was completed in 1863 – this is its 150th birthday.
Andrew Coulson’s talk will outline the church’s history, including its connections with the Marquess of Ripon, and bring the story up to date.
David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The gothic tower of St Wilfrid’s is one of Ripon’s landmarks, and we shall learn much more about this impressive building from Andrew’s talk. It should prove a fascinating and instructive evening.’
Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 5 September at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Civic Society member.
For more information please contact David Winpenny on 01765 607641 or 0777 888 1932

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