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Did you know that Ripon was the first chartered city in Britain with a charter granted back in 886? Its cathedral dates back further still, elements of it built in 672. The charter of 886 was supposedly granted by Alfred the Great , who also bestowed a warning horn on the settlement: a wakeman still blows a horn at each corner of the market square every night, signaling vigilance against enemies, the tradition unbroken for a millennium and more.

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Frederick Bower

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I will show you fear in a handful of dust. - T S Eliot
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Tennyson becomes Poet laureate - 1850, The Gettysburg Address - 1863, First National Lottery Draw - 1994
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