Ripon Minster, as it was known until it became a cathedral in 1836, lost most of its revenues in the 1530/40s at the Reformation and was left with only poorly educated vicars to look after the extensive parish of Ripon. But in 1604 the Minster was granted a new charter by King James I, adding a dean and six canons, one of whom was to reside in Ripon, so it was necessary for a suitable residence to be provided. The Old Deanery was the home of the Dean of Ripon until, it appears, at the end of World War II.
There are several stories of secret passages from the magnificent Cathedral to The Old Deanery and nearby Fountains Abbey, however none have been verified (or found!). There are also stories of ghosts roaming the historic corridors, but we’ll let you be the judge of that!
The Old Deanery nowadays is an award winning hotel, bar & restaurant, housing 11 bespoke bedrooms found by ascending the stunning 17th century oak staircase. Sitting in the shadow of Ripon Cathedral, the location and history of the building attracts weddings, events & conferences year-round.
The lovely team of staff are led by Directors Chris Brown (General Manager) and Lee Rushforth (Head Chef). Both of whom look forward to welcoming you to The Old Deanery soon.