Sowerby North Yorkshire

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 & Sixth Form College is in Sowerby on Topcliffe Road as is Sowerby Primary Academy.

St Oswald's Church is also the venue for Sowerby music's monthly professional classical music concerts.

Crown and Anchor Sowerby North Yorkshire

The Crown and Anchor

is Sowerby's remaining public house.

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.

Premier Inn Sowerby Gateway nr Thirsk YO7 3HF 0333 234 6563