Ripon, situated in North Yorkshire, is considered to be the oldest city in the entire country. It is also one of the smallest cities in England, the fourth smallest to be precise. In England, in order for a settlement to be considered a city, there must be a cathedral, unlike in other countries, where the determination of a settlement being a city is based on population. One of the sights that should not be missed while visiting Ripon is the cathedral, which marks the settlement as a city. The cathedral dates back to the first century.
Ripon is an English cathedral city that is also classed as a market town. The city of Ripon is located within the borough of Harrogate located within the northern part of Yorkshire.
The city of Ripon is located at the point where the River Skell and River Laver meet and flow into the River Ure. Ripon is located about eleven miles south west of Thirsk, sixteen miles south of Northallerton and about twelve miles north of Harrogate.
The city of Ripon has a population of about fifteen thousand nine hundred and twenty two.
Ripon was historically part of the west riding area of Yorkshire. The city of Ripon is actually the seventh smallest city in the United Kingdom. The city of Ripon features a cathedral and a racecourse.
Ripon is a very popular city with tourists and this could be due to the closeness of a lot of major attractions such as Studley Royal Park, Fountains Abbey and also the UNESCO world heritage site. The theme park that is known as Lightwater Valley is also close to the city of Ripon.
The city of Ripon has a very strong educational network. Ripon Grammar School is a state secondary school that is coeducational and has a selective intake process. This grammar school is open to children that are aged between eleven and eighteen years of age. Ripon grammar school has about eight hundred pupils. This grammar school is claimed to date back to the Saxon times and in 1555 it was refounded during the reign of Queen Mary. The motto for Ripon Grammar School stands for the eagerness to learn and seek righteousness. This school became coeducational during the 1960's. Most of the pupils that go the school are from Ripon and only attend during the day however there are still separate boys and girls boarding houses. Some of the famous people that have attended this school include Richard Hammond the well known television presenter and David Curry MP, who was actually the head boy in 1962. The area of Ripon was actually the only place where people voted to keep a selective school when a survey was conducted in 2000. This grammar school got awarded engineering status in 2006 and this has helped the funding for the school and this in turn will improve facilities for technology and science.