Get a webcam like this for your own websiteThirsk is a typical North Yorkshire market town in the vale of York and is well known as the home of the author James Herriot. It features a cobbled market square and a town clock which dominates the market square. Many shops retain their original frontages which adds great character to the square.
Cod Beck river flows through the town and usually has lots of ducks to feed by the water's edge while you enjoy a nice relaxing stroll by the river.
The Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors are nearby and a day trip to the coast is always a good day out for the whole family. Thirsk has become a more popular tourist destination in recent years.
By 1145, what is now Old Thirsk was known as a borough, whilst the remaining land in the parish was subject to manorial rights. The manor continued to be in the possession of the Mowbrays, despite several claims, 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.
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