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    Check out this place on wikipedia for information, its pretty cool
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riber_Castle

    They have gone and Borded up the castle part now, but it was just a shell anyway in there when I visited before for a model photoshoot, nothing special. The Zoo/animal place was interesting however.


    This was found abandoned and rotting in the grounds.


    Old sheds on the way up.

    And here come the snap shots

    stables


    Rabbit enclosure












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    Interesting place indeed,any idea how old it is?Could be relatively new ...nice pics anyhow
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    Quote Originally Posted by chelle View Post
    Interesting place indeed,any idea how old it is?Could be relatively new ...nice pics anyhow
    on Wiki it states:
    It was built by John Smedley in 1862 as his private home,
    but he died before its completion. His wife lived in it until her death.

    After the death of Smedley's wife, the castle became a boys school until this became financially unsustainable in the 1930s. With the coming of WWII the Ministry of Defence used the site for storage. The MoD left following the war and the castle remained unused until the 1960s.

    From the 1960s to September 2000 it was home to a wildlife park, to British and European Fauna. Riber Castle Wildlife Park or "Riber Zoo", as it was known, was eventually sold by the owner, but they were unable to sell it as a going concern, and so the park eventually closed. The park was criticised heavily for the treatment of the animals kept there , and the closure was not without controversy.

    Activists also released several Lynx from Riber zoo which escaped into the wild, sightings of the animals lead to locals coining the nickname "The beast of Lumsdale


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    Did you notice the religious enclosure in the zoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashmatt View Post
    Did you notice the religious enclosure in the zoo?


    No? whats that? *pondering face*

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    Hahaha
    The rabbi patch, like it!

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    Excellent pics NG, really like this place. Liked seeing the rabbi (t) enclosures and the stables area.

    I remember the zoo when it was open when we went on a school trip when i was in the 3rd year at school. The car park was right on the edge then with just large rocks at the ends of it. (not sure if its changed or not, was a long, long time ago lmao), The coach driver was asking us how far to reverse. we kept telling him, keep going, keep going, STOP!!! after loads of small rocks had gone over the edge.

    Enjoyed it then when we visited. But we didn't know any better then. Was only after it closed and lillimouse visited it I realised how small the enclosures were :icon_evil

    Would love to go back and get some pics of the place, but my car would never make it up the hill. :( (I'll have to get TnM to take me when he's back down here, his car will ;) )

    Cheers,

    :) Sal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Hahaha
    The rabbi patch, like it!

    I get it now, damn. Unobservant *bangs head on the desk*

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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal View Post
    Excellent pics NG, really like this place. Liked seeing the rabbi (t) enclosures and the stables area.

    I remember the zoo when it was open when we went on a school trip when i was in the 3rd year at school. The car park was right on the edge then with just large rocks at the ends of it. (not sure if its changed or not, was a long, long time ago lmao), The coach driver was asking us how far to reverse. we kept telling him, keep going, keep going, STOP!!! after loads of small rocks had gone over the edge.

    Enjoyed it then when we visited. But we didn't know any better then. Was only after it closed and lillimouse visited it I realised how small the enclosures were :icon_evil

    Would love to go back and get some pics of the place, but my car would never make it up the hill. :( (I'll have to get TnM to take me when he's back down here, his car will ;) )

    Cheers,

    :) Sal


    Thanks very much ^__^

    Theres good walk way up there, I diddnt know you could get a car up there anymore lol. Theres a road but I could never find the way up. So just went up on food. Breathless by the top tho lol.

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    If I remember rightly, there's a narrow road (more like a lane in my eyes lol) that goes up past the castle, onwards to Riber itself, and to the hotel thats up there.

    Hopefully we'll get up there in the next few weeks, as i'd love to go back with this camera and get some good shots.

    :) Sal
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