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. Until this website is completed, for the full and unique story please view the PHOTO GALLERY then for that full story please go to -

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Your contact for other information is George Pickles ( The last singular holder of the post of Ripon Hornblower 2003-2015) .  Please do not hesitate to contact via the Contact page.  George, 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.