Thirsk & Sowerby
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.
Thirsk Market Place 1960s
Whilst Thirsk and Sowerby cannot boast the big name "chainstores" of larger towns and shopping malls it is more than adequately provided for with the smaller, mainly, independent establishments one would hope to find in a small old fashioned market town. Most of the major banks are represented with their hole in the wall cash machines, chemists, book shops and several supermarkets. Several award winning butchers selling local fresh meat and game compete for your trade along with the delicatessen and bakers. Small alleyways hide other businesses -teashops, clothing, furniture, hairdressers. With an art gallery, library, cinema and leisure centre Thirsk has most of the facilities one would hope to find in a town of its size.
Thirsk Market Place 1990s
Thirsk Market days are Mondays and Saturdays when the south side of the Market Place has a variety of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, candles, computer games to health food, clothing and hardware. On most bank holiday Mondays the whole market place is almost filled by stalls and can be very busy.
The Black Bull Thirsk Market Place
As befits a market town and a former mail-coach posting stage the market place is still ringed by public houses most of which provide food. Other eateries include traditional Fish and Chips, Indian, Chinese, French and pizza takeaways as well as cafes, a bistro and restaurants.
Car parking is free in for one hour in Thirsk market place, with Hambleton Distict Council charging for longer stay parking (details >>>). It also easy to get to by bus and train. Thirsk station which is about a mile from the town centre has direct services to York and Darlington giving access to east coast mainline with fast services to London (2h 45m) Edinburgh (3h 15m) as well as other long distance destinations.
Library & Customer Services Centre Finkle Street 0845 0349510
Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre 01845 522447 Swimming Pool, solarium, sauna & exercise/fitness centre.
14/16 Kirkgate 01845 527707
Home Front Thirsk memories of Thirsk in the 2nd World War
The Ritz Cinema 01845 524751 programme details from Thirsk's volunteer run cinema.
Thirsk Town Council Aims House Royal Oak Yard Market Place Thirsk YO7 1HQ 01845 526445
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.
thirskweb.com another Thirsk website