Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is a photograph of Ripley Castle taken from the footpath behind the property.

Please click The Story Behind the Castle to see the photograph in large format.

I felt duty bound to post this second photograph of Ripley Castle, to explain the story touched upon in the last posting, that of Oliver Cromwell being held here, at gunpoint!

This is the story:

During the English Civil War, there were so many reports about women going into battle (on both sides) that in 1644, King Charles 1 of England passed a law to ban women from wearing mens clothes and forbidding them from fighting?

Trooper Jane Ingilby was one of these women.

The Ingilbys lived at Ripley Castle in Yorkshire and were Royalists; supporters of King Charles 1 in the English Civil War against the forces of Oliver Cromwell.

You dont get the nickname Trooper Jane by sitting at home doing embroidery.

When Prince Rupert arrived in York to break the Roundheads siege of the city, the Roundheads fled to Marston Moor, chased by the Royalists.

Jane dressed herself in full armour and rode into battle next to her brother, Sir William Ingilby at the famous Battle of Marston Moor. This is the largest battle that has ever been fought on English soil.

The Royalists were badly defeated and lost around 4000 soldiers during the two hour battle. Another 1500 were taken prisoner by Cromwell and his Roundheads.

After the Battle of Marston Moor, Trooper Jane Ingilby and her brother rushed back to their castle at Ripley and not a moment too soon! Oliver Cromwell and his troops arrived and demanded they look after them for the night.

Cromwell didnt know that the Ingilbys had been fighting that day. If Cromwell knew that Jane and William had been fighting against his troops at Marston Moor, they would have lost their property and probably their lives as well.

Sir William went to hide in the priest hole and brave Jane opened the door to Oliver Cromwell, holding two pistols in her hands.

Pretending to be alone, she refused to let the army in. She pretended to be scared of the soldiers and frightened for her honour. She convinced Oliver Cromwell to make them sleep in the barns instead of the castle. She knew if they searched the castle and found her brother he would be arrested and probably shot.

Jane had no choice but to let Oliver Cromwell stay in her castle that night.

Trooper Jane made Oliver Cromwell sleep in a chair downstairs and wouldnt let him leave the room. She sat awake all night with two pistols pointing at Cromwell in the guise of protecting her honour and her chastity and kept guard all night. She saved her own and her brothers life with her bravery. - ingilbyhistory.ripleycastle.co.uk

Ripley Castle is alive with history!

Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)

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