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Steven Broomfield

Mrs Broomfield and I are off to sample the sybaritic pleasures of Ripon (Yorks) in a couple of weeks. Knowing that the Reserve Battalions of various Highland regiments in the Highland Reserve Brigade were located at North Camp from November 1915 to early 1918, I wondered if anyone can tell me where the camp was, and if there is anything there still to see.

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jonbem

Morning Mr B

this might give you a few ideas

https://studylib.net/doc/6885578/ww1-ripon-camps

regards

Jon

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Steven Broomfield

Thanks. Good work. Appreciated.

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ilkley remembers

The remains of the camp at Colsterdale are about 5 miles NW of Ripon where the Leeds Pals began their training in 1915 and where a cairn was erected in their memory in the 1930s. some directions here if you are interested

 

 https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/best-in-yorkshire/outdoors/weekend-walk-colsterdale-camp-1-8219391

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jonbem
12 hours ago, Steven Broomfield said:

Ripon (Yorks) in a couple of weeks.

If you get up another 25 miles north to Richmond I'll say hello if I'm free.

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Steven Broomfield

You can take Mrs Broomfield out while I go and enjoy myself.

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CharlesPeter

415449231_TNAOSPlanNorthCampRipon1.JPG.4a50add5942c308238e91f85fa42c13b.JPGI work for Historic England and I researched the Ripon camps as part of one of our WW1 programmes. This resulted in our book Legacies of the First World War in which Ripon features - Chapter 2 page 11 - as a composite plan of North and South camps and some images of the remaining buildings of North camp. These are but a fraction of this once huge army base but nevertheless are to the best of my knowledge the largest surviving group of WW1 concrete block constructed accommodation huts still in situ. If you visit Ripon the street you need is Lark Lane on which you will see huts converted to houses and behind these is the Ash Grove Industrial Estate where more exist in commercial use.

 

I attach the National Archives plan  for North camp with the surviving huts being part of those marked as sub-camp no 12.  I wrote an unpublished note about Ripon as a WW1 camp and this includes images of the place and description of its association with nearby practice trenches and rifle ranges (neither survive as visible remains now but are seen on WW2 period aerial photos). The Canadian war artist David B Milne also painted the camps and his works are available on line. There is also a good archive of photos including many of Ripon available on line in the Kings Own Royal Regiment collection at Lancaster. My note is too large to post here but if you can personal message me your details I may be able to post you a copy.

 

I note your interest in the Highlanders and there is newsreel footage of highland games at Ripon racecourse http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/scenes-ripon-highland-sports

 

I hope you enjoy your visit to Ripon

 

Peter

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ilkley remembers
1 hour ago, CharlesPeter said:

I work for Historic England and I researched the Ripon camps as part of one of our WW1 programmes

 

Interesting map and thanks for sharing. I understand that there were moves bout 9 years ago to list some of the remaining WW1 structures, although, a search of listed buildings in Ripon doesn't seem to feature any of the camp. Are you aware of any moves on the listing front as I understand that many of the huts etc are located on or near an area which has been designated for housing.

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Steven Broomfield
1 hour ago, CharlesPeter said:

 

 

I hope you enjoy your visit to Ripon

 

Peter

 

Thank you. I rather think I might!

PM sent with email address.

 

Very much appreciated.

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