The legend of the Wakeman dates back to the year 886, when Alfred the Great granted a charter in the form of a horn to the citizens of Ripon.

So much to tell. For the full and unique story please go to -

And for information about the Hornblower Lucky Wooden Penny, 

 how it came about and how to get one please go to -


Your contact for other information is George Pickles, the last singular holder of the post of Ripon Hornblower (2003-2015, picture No. 3) .  Please do not hesitate to contact George via the Contact page.  He is here to help you at all times, on all matters.

Thank you,

Video 1. Please now take a few minutes to listen to the the story of the Wakeman Legend told in  music written and performed by Barry Sellers of Ripon. 

Video 2. Watch George carrying out the ceremony of 'Setting the Watch' in his own inimitable way. 

This very interesting little book with me (George Pickles) the last singular holder of the office of  Ripon Hornblower on the front cover, can be bought on line from various outlets. Well worth a read.

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