The Small Market Town of Thirsk - Home of James Herriot
As a fan of the long-running BBC series of the 80's "All Creatures Great and Small"; one of my goals while in Northumberland was to see where its author, James Herriot, lived. Since James Alford Wight was a real practicing Veterinary Surgeon, he had to change his name for his books and the TV series. He lived and practiced in Thirsk until his death in 1995.
Thirsk is a small compact Market Town mentioned in the Doomsday book as Tresche. The cobbled Market Place dates from medieval times and is still the centre of commerce in Thirsk. Most of the shops are still around the market place extending north up Kirkgate to "The World of James Herriot", Thirsk Museum and the spectacular 15th century church St. Marys. Eastwards the shops extend towards Cod Beck along Millgate and Finkle Street and to the West along Castlegate and Westgate towards Sowerby and the racecourse.
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