Ripon may be small, but it is traditionally formed with attributes that create a timeless appearance.

The city is awash with charm and much of what today’s residents and visitors see would have been familiar to past generations.

The market square, with its distinctive obelisk is a case in point.

Paved in stone, with the obelisk as a centre-point, those who used it hundreds of years ago would doubtless recognise it instantly today.

While the obelisk has been rebuilt, it remains one of the city’s principle architectural features.

The market traders’ stalls may have changed down the generations, but the spirit of the square, and the city beyond, remains familiar.

This archive image is among more than 6,500 historic views of North Yorkshire available at the County Record Office. Buy a copy or browse the collection.