From October 2007 to November 2018 inclusive the Society’s previous Chairman, historian David Winpenny, composed these Heritage articles for publication in the Ripon Gazette, part of the Johnson Press local newspaper Group.

  • RIPON AND THE ALBERT MEMORIAL

    August 16, 2018 This week’s brainteaser. Where will you find a sculpture that includes both a famous architect educated in Ripon, and the 19th-century restorer of Ripon Cathedral who also designed the structure holding the sculptures – and why is one complete and the other not? If you read these columns regularly (that’s the hope!) you will know to ... Read more...
  • TOWERING CLOCKS

    August 9, 2018 When, on 18 June 1898, the Misses Cross handed the Mayor of Ripon the deed vesting the ownership of their gift, the Victoria Clock Tower, in the council, they provided the city with one of its most distinctive ornaments. The tower was to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria the previous year, and to provide ... Read more...
  • GUIDEBOOKS – FROM 1822 TO 2018

    August 2, 2018 In September a new book about Ripon will be published – ‘Secret Ripon’. So it seems a good opportunity to look back at two earlier guides – ‘The Tourist’s Companion’ of 1822 and Richard Walbran’s ‘A Guide to Ripon’ in the 1875 ‘Memorial Edition’ – to see what they have to say about the city. ... Read more...
  • ART DECO – WEALTH AND POWER

    July 25, 2018 Art Deco. Ripon has one building that can claim the title – or rather, one façade. The former Palladium Cinema in Kirkgate has Art Deco characteristics. Its frontage is largely plain, except for the typical grooved and curved lintels over the windows. When it had a sign, that was in the style, too; it would ... Read more...
  • EXHIBITING RIPON RE-VIEWED

    July 18, 2018 When Joseph Nicéphore Niépce set up his camera at Saint-Loup-de-de Varennes and took the world’s first photograph in 1826, and when William Henry Fox Talbot photographed a window at his Wiltshire home, Lacock Abbey, in 1835 and produced the world’s first paper negative, they opened the floodgates to a world of new images. Now we live ... Read more...
  • COLOURFUL WOMEN OF STAINED GLASS

    July 12, 2018 For centuries, the design and making of stained glass was something done by men. It was really only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that women exerted their influence on this specialized medium – but then often with great effect. There were some precedents. Mary Peckitt was the wife of the York-based stained-glass maker ... Read more...
  • MAKING A SPLASH WITH WATER IN OUR GARDENS

    July 5, 2018 With the recent heatwave, we’ve thought more, perhaps, about the value of water; and water in gardens is something that has occupied many throughout the ages. In the deserts of what we now call the Middle East water was precious and your wealth was showed as much as by the amount of water you could command ... Read more...
  • HOW LANDSCAPE INFLUENCES BUILDING

    June 28, 2018 In March this column looked at how our buildings often dictate the way in which we live. There are theories, though, that delve even deeper into the psychological balance between human beings and their structures – theories that suggest that the landscape itself has influenced our building. This in many ways is self-evident; nearly all settlements ... Read more...
  • CHILDREN NEED THE BEST BUILDINGS

    June 21, 2018 There has been much debate recently about children learning music in schools. The general consensus among people interested in the matter is that there is far too little opportunity for them to do so. Long gone are the days when local authorities employed enough professional teachers to ensure that all children were given the chance ... Read more...
  • LUTYENS – ARCHITECT OF EMPIRE

    June 14, 2018 The name of Edwin Lutyens has often appeared in this column – rightly so, as he was one of the most famous British architects of the 20th century, and one of the most famous in the world. If you’d stopped anyone in the street in, say, 1935, and asked then to name an architect, it ... Read more...

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