Thirsk is a small market town in Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. The town lies in the Vale of Mowbray, close to the North York Moors, 20 miles north of York. Cod Beck runs through the centre of Thirsk.
Thirsk town centre is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1089 as Tresche, derived from the Viking (Old Norse) word ■resk = "marsh". It is surrounded by a number of small villages also having names of Danish origin, such as Thirlby, Boltby and Borrowby (the -by suffix meaning village or farmstead).
Thirsk is built around a large medieval market square, which still hosts an open-air market each Monday and Saturday. Thirsk possesses a museum and the 15th century church of St Marys.
Thirsk's chief modern claim to fame is as the home of the veterinary surgeon and author James Herriot, although it was renamed "Darrowby" in the books. The veterinary practice at 23 Kirkgate, in which he was a partner along with Donald Sinclair (Siegfried Farnon in the books) now houses a museum dedicated to his life and works, The World of James Herriot.
Thomas Lord, another Thirsk notable, was born in a house which now houses the Thirsk Museum, also on Kirkgate. Another local attraction is the Kilburn White Horse, a chalk horse carved into the hillside about four miles east of the town.
The Ritz Cinema on Westgate is a small 200 seat (100 stalls, 100 balcony) cinema run by volunteers. It shows in a period setting most of the current films and is run for residents and visitors to Thirsk and the local villages by a dedicated team of volunteers.
The race course at Thirsk is a leading venue for horse racing on the flat in the Spring and Summer months.
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