It may be only small as cities go – the 3rd smallest city in England – but RIPON sits amongst some of the loveliest countryside England has to offer. It was a market town founded by St. Wilfrid (634 – 709) who was born in Northumbria, and sits on the River Ure and has nearby the ruins of Fountains Abbey a UNESCO site. St. Wilfrid also founded the cathedral, dedicating it to St. Peter, and brought specialist craftsmen and stonemasons over from Europe as he intended it to match the brilliance of other cathedrals. As a result it is one of the best examples of early English Gothic in the country and is dedicated to both St. Peter and St. Wilfrid. Its bells have a rich history and this ring of 13 will be ringing out across The Dales for ST. GEORGE.