SOWERBY It joins hands with Thirsk, but keeps its own identity. On its long road, lined with trees like an avenue, are an old timbered house and a church of old and new; and over the Cod Beck at its southern end is an old packhorse bridge. The 19th century work in the church is in the style of the old. Remains of the Norman church are in the tower, with a stout arch-opening to the nave, and in most of the wall of the south aisle with its fine little doorway enriched with zigzag and beakheads. The old door has studs making up the date 1680, but its ironwork looks old enough to be Norman. A rare feature is the tiny peephole in the corner between the tower and aisle, through which the altar is seen. In the window near it is beautiful glass in memory of a chorister of 15, showing him kneeling before Our Lord and holding a cross.
From Arthur Mee's Yorkshire North Riding 1941
Sowerby today retains its wide tree lined Front Street with "grand houses", a public house, two churches and the Parochial Hall. Thirsk School is in Sowerby on Topcliffe Road as is Sowerby Community Primary School.
The Crown and Anchor is Sowerby's remaining public house. Listed in the CAMRA beer guide for many years it offers good beer and food all day, its beer garden and live music nights are popular.
sowerby.org.uk aims to link to everything on the internet that is related to the village of Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Sowerby Parish Council 3 Sowerby Road Thirsk YO7 1HR 01845 574021
The Ritz Cinema 01845 524751 programme details from Thirsk's volunteer run cinema.
Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre 01845 522447 Swimming Pool, solarium, sauna & exercise/fitness centre.
Thirsk and Sowerby Past and Present is a trail of 15 interpretation boards around the market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. A walk leaflet can be downloaded, or obtained from the Thirsk Tourist information centre
Thirsk and Sowerby Blue Plaques Trail There are 20 Blue Plaques marking buildings important in themselves or associated with noteworthy Thirsk residents. A leaflet detailing a walk around 19 of them is available from Thirsk Tourist Information centre in the market place.
Sowerby Gateway information from the planning authority Hambleton District Council