I recently paid my first visit to Ripon for almost 40 years. I was born in Leeds, and so we were in the Diocese of Ripon. As a boy I made a number of visits to the Cathedral. What surprised me, was how little things had changed since the early 1970s.
Here we see the main market square, with one of the towers of the Cathedral in the background. The main feature of this photo is the Town Hall with wording from Psalm 127 - Except the Lord keep the city : the watchman waketh but in vain.
Every evening an official leaves the entrance of the Town Hall and sounds a horn to assure people that all is well, and that it is time to retire for the night. What a lovely custom!