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Obelisk

A Grade I Listed Building in Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.1363 / 54°8'10"N

Longitude: -1.5237 / 1°31'25"W

OS Eastings: 431216

OS Northings: 471270

OS Grid: SE312712

Mapcode National: GBR KNSL.XZ

Mapcode Global: WHC7V.K9MC

Entry Name: Obelisk

Listing Date: 27 May 1949

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1315492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 330147

Location: Ripon, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG4

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

Civil Parish: Ripon

Built-Up Area: Ripon

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ripon Cathedral Parish with Littlethorpe

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

SE 3171 RIPON MARKET PLACE
1/42 (centre)
27.5.49
Obelisk
GV
I

1702. Architect: Nicholas Hawksmoor. Clerk of Works: Cornelius Varker. Masons:
William Etty and William Cowling. Carver: Samuel Carpenter of York. Smith: John
Hood. Ashlar, Plinth. Tall, simply moulded base, with a plaque misleadingly
inscribed:
"MDCCLXXXI
ERECTED AT THE EXPENSE OF
WILLIAM AISLABIE ESQUIRE,
WHO REPRESENTED THIS BOROUGH
IN PARLIAMENT SIXTY YEARS.
THE MAYOR, ALDERMEN AND ASSISTANTS
OF RIPON ORDERED THIS INSCRIPTION,
MDCCLXXXV
THE HONOURABLE FREDERICK ROBINSON,
MAYOR."

Obelisk surmounted by tall wrought iron weather-vane incorporating a representation or
the Wakeman's Horn. Eighty feet high. Built by John Aislabie of Studley Royal.
William Aislabie's contribution in 1781 must have been to repair it. He may also have
removed the wrought iron railings surrounding it, and replaced them with 4 smaller
obelisks at the corners, which have also been removed since.

The earliest surviving free-standing monumental obelist in Great Britain.


Listing NGR: SE3121671270

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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