Tripping through the town of Thirsk
Thirsk is the quintessential small town that most of the world envisions when they think of quaint English towns. What is certain is that it’s a lovely place to stay when in North Yorkshire and has a rich heritage, including being home to James Herriot. Certainly it’s perfect to enjoy your best and brightest e-liquids and equipment from Medusa Juice Vape Shop.
History and non-fiction
The name Thirsk is derived from old Viking PRESK meaning ‘lake’. Local archaeological information indicates that there was a settlement where Thirsk lies around 500–600 BC. The town is mentioned twice in the Domesday Book. At the time of the Norman invasion the manor was split between Orm and Thor, local Saxon landowners.
By the year 1145, what is now Old Thirsk was then known as a borough, whilst the remaining land in the parish was subject to manorial rights. The manor had continued to be in the possession of the Mowbrays until the death of the 16th Lord Mowbray in 1476. With no direct succession, it passed to the daughter of Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, who had married into the Berkeley family. Her son, William de Berkeley, 1st Marquess of Berkeley, then inherited the manor on her death.
The Mowbrays built a castle on the north side of present-day Castlegate. It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book and an exact date is not recorded, but by 1176 the castle was completely destroyed after the uprising against Henry II. The Mowbrays then built a manor house on the site which was later destroyed by the Scots in 1322. After the War of the Roses, Henry VII raised taxes that caused uprisings in the north. This led to the murder of the Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, allegedly on The Little Green, when he was sent to collect the taxes. However, other evidence points to the murder occurring in nearby South Kilvington. Is it just me or does it seem like those Mowbrays like to build some mighty big houses?
Thirsk is a popular tourist destination close to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. It has a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. It was the home of author James Herriot and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord’s Cricket Ground is named. Thirsk Racecourse is on the western edge of the town.
As I mentioned earlier, Thirsk was home to the veterinary surgeon and author James Herriot. Thirsk was referred to as Darrowby in the semi-autobiographical books about a vet’s life in the Yorkshire Dales. Wight and his business partner Donald Sinclair (Siegfried Farnon in the books) established their veterinary practice at 23 Kirkgate, which now houses The World of James Herriot museum, dedicated to Herriot’s life and works. And if you’re even the least bit interested in the life of a small town vet, you simply won’t want to miss the chance to visit the museum.
Don’t forget that Thirsk, though small, is a great place to tour and enjoy your favourite e-liquids, e-cigs, and equipment from Medusa Juice Vape Shop. If you can, take the trip to one of their three locations in King’s Lynn, Peterborough or Norwich and stock up for your holiday in Thirsk.
All about the town
When strolling through the Thirsk town centre, you can almost hear the clip-clop of the numerous horse and carriages that passed through in years gone by. I swear that if you close your eyes, you will be transported through time to when you might have run into Mr Herriot making his rounds or stopped by the local butchers to pick up something for the family dinner. Thirsk is a town that reminds us of our roots and preserves those small town values that so much of the world seems to have sadly done away with.
Thirsk has a museum with exhibits dating through the entire history of the town. It is located in the house in which Thomas Lord was born. The adjoining village of Sowerby provides the town with its medical practices, cinema, town hall building and swimming pool.
The Ritz Cinema on Westgate, Sowerby, is a small two hundred seat cinema which is predominately run by volunteers. It dates back to 1912 and is probably one of Britain’s oldest operating cinemas. It shows in a period setting most of the current films and is run for residents and visitors to Thirsk and the local villages by a team of volunteers.
There is a 15th-century church here which is dedicated to St Mary. Before this building, there had been smaller chapels erected in the town dedicated to St James, St Giles and St Nicholas. There is a Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate that has been there since at least 1799. There is a Wesleyan Chapel in St James’ Green that was built in 1861. The Roman Catholic Church dedicated to All Saints was built in 1867 in Castlegate. The Primitive Methodists and the Congregationalists also used to have places of worship in the town.
Just as religion played an important part in the development of Thirsk, so did darker, albeit just as difficult to prove, magic. Let’s not forget the irony of a con artist and murderer who was purported to be a witch. Mary Bateman certainly led an interesting life and I find it strange that after being found guilty of fraud and murder of a good ‘christian’ woman, the townspeople would see her hanged and then her flesch fliced and tanned before being sold as ‘good luck’ charms.
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