OTLEY AND DISTRICT MENíS FORUM
Castle Life in the 21st Century
Sir Thomas Ingilby
19th January 2012
Ancestral legacies can have negative as well as positive financial outcomes for the recipient. If you are left a castle but not sufficient funds to maintain it what do you do? In a delightful humorous, and informative talk, entrepreneur and owner of Ripley Castle Sir Thomas Ingilbytold us what he did to create a profitable business that ensures the future of this fine building. There were three important dates that helped to decide the future of the castle. The first was in 1954 when it was found that the roof timbers were infested with death watch beetle and Sir Thomasís father had to obtain a grant to replace the roof. One of the contractual obligations of receiving the grant was that the castle should be opened to the public 28 days per year in perpetuity. This started the Ingilby family in the business of entertainment.
1980 the Harrogate Conference Centre opened resulting in requests for dinner
parties in the Castle for corporate visitors to
the time the law changed in 1986 to allow marriages to take place in
suitable venues other than churches
Chris Power eloquently thanked Sir Thomas for a really wonderful talk.
A Guided Tour of Yorkgate Gardens by Meg Morton is our next talk on Thursday 2nd February at !0-00am in Otley Methodist Church Hall.