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Ripon Millenary Festival 1886 Medal.

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A quite beautiful medal to commemorate a festival, for a non-event in ye old England.



Ripon Millenary Festival: Bronze medal. 37mm 1886. To commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the first Royal Charter granted to Ripon (North Yorkshire, England) by King Alfred the Great in 886 A.D. There is considerable doubt (read as untrue) as to the referred charter being granted, probably a Victorian invention. Despite national derision of its claimed 886 charter, Ripon organised a three-week Millenary Festival.


The Wakeman – A Proud tradition For 1000 years, Ripon administered its own justice and policed its own streets. In the 13th Century the wakeman was responsible to the Archbishop for arrangements within the town and for its security. The Wakeman could exact fines and was required to make compensation in the event of burglary during the hours of the watch. By the end of the 16th century, the overlapping jurisdictions of Archbishop, Chapter and Wakeman were no longer proving effective. Reforms were introduced in 1598 with a new, fourth, Town Book setting out duties, responsibilities and penalties. Even today, every night at 9 o’clock, all year round, the Ripon Hornblower still 'sets the night watch' at the four corners of the obelisk in the Market Square.



St. Wilfrid (Wilfridus) in 688 return to his old monastery in Ripon and established a see. The latin 'redditus feliciter suis' = 'happy return'

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