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Hi,

I took this shot yesterday afternoon and had to wait ages for the light to improve. As you can see the day was quite overcast, with lots of heavy showers. In between however, the sunlight was brilliant.

This is a view of the grounds of Ripley Castle, which is really a fortified house, just outside Harrogate. I hope I have done the scene justice.

Ripley Castle, set on the banks of the River Nidd and surrounded by magnificent gardens, has been the home of the Ingilby family for nearly 700 years.

Around 1320 Sir Thomas Ingilby married the heiress of the estate and obtained permission from the King to hold a weekly market in the village beside what was to become Ripley Castle.

In the mid-15th century his descendant, Sir John Ingilby, constructed the oldest surviving part of the present group of building. This crenellated stone gatehouse stands to the west of the village market place.

The present house, however, dates from two building phases. In 1548 - 55 Sir William Ingilby erected a three-storeyed semi-fortified tower of a type still popular in the north of England. In 1783 - 86 another Sir John Ingilby commissioned John Carr of York to build a new house next to the tower, on the site of the medieval hall and adjoining buildings.

Since then there have been few changes to the house but Sir John's son William, a great traveller on the Continent, improved the gardens and in the 1820s had the estate village rebuilt in a picturesque style.

Ripley Castle is approached through the estate village and entered opposite the 15th century parish church. The house has a plain castellated appearance which blends with the 16th century tower, with its gritstone walls and a crenellated roofline. The house consists of a square block with the original tower projecting to the south and service wing to the east.

Ripley Castle has extensive walled gardens, a Regency conservatory and a landscape designed by 'Capability' Brown. The five acres of walled gardens have been transformed and the planting of hyacinths in formal beds now represents the National Hyacinth Collection. The Ripley tropical plant collection, with many rare and exotic species, is also located here. Source:TourUK.

Hope you like the quintessential English view!
Take Care,
John

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