Illustrations of churches in the undivided Diocese of Ripon, with an index

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 73
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1836-1888
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  • Physical Description
      3 large albums with a much smaller index volume. Finely-bound in dark brown morocco with decorated gilt tooling on all sides, gilt folio edges, and gilt embossed on the spines, thus: CHURCHES OF THE DIOCESE OF RIPON, plus the numerals I, II, III, on their respective volumes, and INDEX TO THE CHURCHES OF THE DIOCESE OF RIPON on the alphabetical index volume. The illustrations are of various kinds, sizes, and merit, and include sketches in pencil, pen and ink, architects' perspectives, water colours, lithographs, engravings, and photographs. Some of the pictures are dated and the names or initials of the artists are given.

Scope and Content

Comprises illustrations of most of the ancient churches and chapels and many of the modern ones in the undivided diocese, as re-constituted in 1836. The churches and chapels in question are listed in Kirk's 1938 catalogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

The modern Diocese of Ripon, reconstituted in 1836 as the first new diocese to be created in England since the Reformation, was formed out of parts of the older dioceses of Chester and York. It then remained unchanged in geographical area until 1888, when parts of it were transferred to the subsequently-created Diocese of Wakefield. The present collection of illustrations must have been compiled between 1836 and 1888, since many of the churches included in it now fall within the area later allotted to the new Diocese of Wakefield.


The arrangement of the illustrations in the three volumes does not appear to be systematic, necessitating the use of the index volume to trace individual churches.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The Episcopal Palace, Ripon.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

Described by G.E. Kirk, "A catalogue of illustrations of churches in the undivided Diocese of Ripon", in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol.33 (1938), pp.199-214

Custodial History

For part of the twentieth century the volumes were in the care of the Diocesan Advisory Board, at the Church Institute, Albion Place, Leeds.