Curious visitors explore the Gazebo - Ripon's quirky hidden treasure

MORE than 100 people visited one of Ripon's quirkiest buildings last Sunday when Ripon Civic Society opened the Gazebo as part of the national Heritage Open Days.

Many of the visitors to the folly, built in the early 18th century in the garden of a large house in fashionable Park Street, said that they never knew of its existence, and were pleased to be able to see it for the first time.

Hidden behind the sheltered housing of Blossomgate Court, the Gazebo is usually open just once a year. This year's opening saw many more visitors than on previous occasions, thanks to publicity in the Ripon Gazette.

David Winpenny, co-chairman of Ripon Civic Society, said: "It was interesting that almost all the visitors were local people who were fascinated by the building and asked a great many questions about its origins. The Gazebo is one of the undiscovered treasures of Ripon, and is a wonderful reminder of 18th-century life in the city."