Millenary Festival celebrations on the Market Square

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Millenary Festival celebrations on the Market Square

Date: 1886

The Ripon Millenary was a huge enterprise that took place on 26th, 27th and 28th of August 1886. It sprang from a long-standing tradition that the city had been granted its first charter by King Alfred in 886. In 1886, the Provisional Committee proposed festivities to mark the occasion. The first day began with a civic procession to Ripon Cathedral, followed on days two and three by an elaborate historical pageant telling Ripon's story from the 'Druidical Period' to the present which progressed from Studley Hall to Fountains Abbey and culminated in a performance of a Robin Hood play. A 'Commemoration Medal' was struck and profits from the Festival were divided between the Ripon Dispensary and Jepson's Hospital for Orphan Boys in Ripon. In this photograph the Dean is presenting the Charter Horn to the Mayor, with attendant crowds gathered around the obelisk. Very similar to another image, catalogue number A1910.

Courtesy of Unknown

Category: Civic Life, Culture and Leisure, Recently Added, Shopping and Services, Street Scenes, Added July 2019, Celebrations, Ceremonies, Dignitaries, Shops, Streets

Organisation Reference: A1911

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