Ripley is a village in Surrey, England. The village has existed since Norman times – the chancel of the church of St. Mary Magdalen shows construction of circa 1160 there and supporting feet of fines and ecclesiastical records mention the village at the time. Ripley's sister village of Send to the south-west was the governing parish over the village for almost a thousand years until 1978 when they became two separate ecclesiastical parishes, having become separate civil parishes in 1938.

A nineteenth century Ingilby tore down the old village and modelled it after an Alsatian village with an "hôtel de ville" style town hall. The castle and the parish church were not affected by the reconstruction.

A castle dating from the 15th century, Ripley Castle, has been the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years.[2] The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby, 6th Baronet (see Ingilby Baronets), the 28th generation. The castle, which has a priest hole, is open for public tours. The landscaped castle grounds and ornamental lakes are also open to the public.

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Ripley is mentioned in H. G. Wells' novels The War of the Worlds and The Wheels of Chance.

Cedar House Gallery, in another listed building, Cedar House[16] often has exhibitions and stocks predominantly watercolour and oil landscapes.

The village church, St Mary Magdalen has a fine Norman chancel and is a Grade II* listed building (the second highest of the three categories).[8] Among the more than 20 listed buildings and cottages in the village are Pinnocks Café[9] the building the 'Ship Inn and Ye Old Sweet Shoppe',[10] J Hartley Antiques, Sage Antiques (Green Cottage) and Clock House[11] and Cellar Wines – Artisan Spirits, Boutique Wines, Delicatessen & Events (The Old Cellar)[12][13][14][15]

The distance is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the M25 motorway. It is centred 6.2 miles (10.0 km) southeast of Woking, 6.8 miles (10.9 km) northeast of Guildford and 22.5 mi (36.2 km) southwest of London. Neighbouring villages Send and Send Marsh to the South-West and Ockham to the East have fewer shopping facilities.

McCann, Clare (editor) (2009) 'Memories of War' (Send and Ripley History Society, ISBN 978-0-9562929-0-2)

In the 1870s, cycling also became a popular activity in the South of England and Ripley was a convenient distance from London so that many cyclists would stop there for a break at the Anchor Inn. Sisters Annie and Harriet Dibble encouraged the cyclists so much that, in some years in the following decade, their visitors' book was signed with over 7,000 names – all arriving on penny-farthings or boneshakers.[20]

The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.

The proportion of households in the civil parish who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).

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The 2012 Summer Olympics road races started at The Mall in central London, passed Richmond and extended into Surrey to the south via Hampton Court Palace, Weybridge, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Ripley, West Horsley and Dorking then returned to The Mall via Leatherhead, Oxshott, Hampton Court Palace and Kingston-upon-Thames.[21]

Ripley is a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire in England, a few miles north of Harrogate on the A61 road towards Ripon.

Since then the Surrey 100 sportive and race have come through the village each July.[22]

Ripley is the birthplace of the great rock/blues guitarist Eric Clapton, and resting place of his son, Conor, who died after falling from his mother's New York apartment window.[17][18]

Cricket has been a popular sport in the village for 200 years and is played on the Green.[19] Ripley is known for having quality banter provided by the main cricketer Alex Stephen; even though he has never got any run or wickets, by being mute, deaf and blind in one eye.

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The village includes a coaching inn, The Talbot Hotel which dates back to 1453.[6][7] as well as Drake's restaurant, which has been awarded a Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes. The village high street includes a small supermarket, cobblers and bakery. Aside from the Talbot Hotel/Inn there is the Jovial Sailor as a further larger than average, food-serving public house. Two further pubs in the village are The Anchor and The Half Moon.

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Since the 1930s a bonfire has been held on the Green to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.[23] It is a major local event with several thousand attending to see the bonfire, fireworks and funfair.

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