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.

  • 2008 WILL BE A VERY SPECIAL YEAR FOR SOCIETY

    December 25, 2007 IT’S almost 2008 – a very special year for Ripon Civic Society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary. Back in 1968 there were student riots across Europe, the Soviets ended the Prague Spring by invading Czechoslovakia, the last passenger steam train ran from Carlisle to Liverpool and Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq. Meanwhile, in Ripon, a meeting ... Read more...
  • TAKING THE PLUNGE INTO THE FUTURE AT THE SPA BATHS

    December 14, 2007 Spa BathsInside the Spa Baths foyer Column in the Spa Baths foyerStained glass in the Spa Baths foyer Stained glass in the Spa Baths foyerStained glassi n the Spa Baths foyer Proposals to demolish all or part of Ripon’s Spa Baths prompt David Winpenny, Co-Chairman of Ripon Civic Society to ask the meaning of ‘fit-for-purpose’. The words ‘fit-for-purpose’ strike ... Read more...
  • SHOP FRONTS – ROUND THREE

    October 5, 2007 David Winpenny of RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY again looks at shop fronts in the city. This week, two shops that deal with transport. Their frontages provide an object lesson in what is acceptable and what is not. It seems to be a case of four wheels bad, two wheels good. Brash, loud and in-your-face. Motor World in ... Read more...
  • SHOP FRONTS – ROUND TWO

    September 28, 2007 In the second of a series on some of the worst and best shop fronts in the city, David Winpenny of RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY looks this week at two in Market Square South and Kirkgate. If there is one shop front in Ripon that is an assault on the eye, it is Pizza Choice Best Kebab. ... Read more...
  • SHOPPING THE SHOP FRONTS

    September 21, 2007 What do you see when you look around at the buildings in Ripon? Are there things you would like to see improved, or changed? What do you think is good? RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY has been looking at how the shop fronts in the city centre measure up. Over the next few weeks some of the worst ... Read more...

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