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Thirsk & Sowerby

Thirsk, YO7 1TF

Explore the picturesque market town of Thirsk and its adjoining village, Sowerby in this digital treasure hunt,

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60 mins

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Begin at the town hall clock in the centre of Thirsk market square.
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Thirsk Market Place
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Look for the Thirsk & Sowerby Past and Present information board near the town clock.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

In which year did Highflyer create a record London-to-Edinburgh time?
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54.232732
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Did you know that archeological finds indicate that there was a settlement here around 500–600 BC?

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The Old Mill
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Walk past the Thirsk Tourist Information office towards the Black Bull public house and walk along Millgate (away from the Market place). Before you cross the river look for an information board in a Mill Gardens to the right.
Rymer's Mill once stood on this site. How many internal water wheels did the mill have?
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You can learn more about Thirsk and Sowerby from the Past & Present information boards located around the area.

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To The Park...
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Cross the road (or if you're feel adventurous and the waters are low you can cross under the bridge) and walk along the riverside path keeping the water to your right. enter Millgate picnic area and look for a metal plaque.
Who donated this land to the town? Be sure to enter the name and title as shown on the plaque.
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54.235024
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Millgate picnic area was a favorite spot of yours truly (the Huntee creator) during the time I worked in Thirsk.

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Sports Fields
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Continue through and exit the picnic area. Turn right, cross the bride, the turn immediately left into a field with a football pitch.
This field usually contains two football goals, but what other sports court in there in this area?
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You'll discover a more about these sports fields a little later in this Huntee...

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Crossing Cod Beck
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Exit the field at the far end though a wooden gate. Continue through another field exiting via another wooden gate in the top left corner.
Cross a bridge and look on the far side for a sign. Who was the bridge built by (5 words)?
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54.237117
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British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BCTV) is now known as The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). The charity supports practical conservation work by volunteers throughout Britain.

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Across The Weir
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Follow the path to the left and cross the river. Look for an information board on the other side.
In which decade did the mill fall into decline and close?
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54.237373
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Weirs are commonly used to prevent flooding, measure water discharge, and help render rivers more navigable by boat. In this spot they were used to control the water flow to the old mill.

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The Holmes
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Continue along the path keeping the river to the left and the road to your right. Walk past the play area and look for another information board.
In which field near here were Thirsk sports held from the 1920s until the 1960s (two words)?
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54.235916
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Did you know that In the 1600s Cod Beck was referred to the "Broad Beck leading to Thirske"?

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Thirsk Hall
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Cross the road and walk past St Mary's Church. Then cross Cemetery Road and follow the path, look for a circular blue plaque about Thirsk Hall.
Who was the York architect that extended Thirsk Hall in 1774?
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John Carr added the top storey and side wings to Thirsk Hall.

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The World of James Herriot
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Continue along the path towards the The World of James Herriot. Look for another circular blue plaque.
Who was the veterinary surgeon and author of the James Herriot books (all three names)?
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James Alfred Wight, OBE, is better known by the pen name James Herriot. He used his experience as a veterinary surgeon to write a series of books consisting of stories about animals and their owners.

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Thirsk Castle Garth
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Take the next right and walk along Masonic Lane (Picks Lane). When you reach a junction turn left through a wooden gate and enter the green.
Around which year did construction begin on Thirsk Castle?
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The nearby building (pictured) is a masonic hall and dates back to 1874.

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The Site of Thirsk Castle
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Continue into the green and look for more information about the castle that once stood here.
In which year was Thirsk Castle destroyed?
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Castles like the one that stood on this site were built in the early stages of the Norman Conquest as garrison forts in strategic positions; over six hundred examples have been recorded.

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Archaeological Excavations
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Stand in front of the circular blue plaque and follow the path that heads right. Look for Thirsk Castle Garth Board 3.
What did archaeologists find that was over 2 meters in height and is described by the board as 'unusually tall' (one word)?
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Continue along the path and walk through the cut.

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Ritz Cinema
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Walk through the cut then turn right. Carefully cross the road to the old fashioned cinema located on the corner.
In which year was this former mechanics institute converted into a picture house?
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The building still operates as a cinema and is a much loved local source of entertainment.

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The Courthouse
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Follow the path keeping the road to your right. Look for a circular blue plaque.
In which year did the weekly magistrates court last sit here?
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The courthouse building is now used as a rural arts centre.

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Sowerby Flatts
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Continue along the path and turn left at the roundabout. Turn left again and head along Sowerby Road. When you reach a park walk past the first entrance and look for a second entrance with an information board near a dual foot-and-cyclepath.
Miss Warner, who gave this field to the preservation trust in 1976, was more widely renowned as who in the books of James Herriot (two words)?
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At the right-edge of the field is Cod Beck, the waterway we walked along earlier by the Millgate picnic area.

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The Three Tuns
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Walk along the foot-and-cyclepath and follow the footpath through a cut between houses. Cross the road, then head along a cobbled path opposite (between a garage and detached house) until you return to Thirsk market place.
Which famous poet (and his wife) stayed in The Three Tuns in 1802 at the time it was a coaching inn (two words)?
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You are close to completing the Huntee, don't be tempted by the pub just yet...

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The Golden Fleece
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Head to the The Golden Fleece, another famous longstanding local pub.
In the early 1800s the The Golden Fleece had stabling for how many horses?
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The Market Clock
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Return to the clock in the centre of the market place.
The clock was erected to commemorate the marriage of The Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck. In which year did they marry?
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1786 2 Wm. Calvert esq basketball British Trust Conservation Volunteers 1960 Carrs Field John Carr James Alfred Wight 1092 1173 skeleton 1912 1995 Mrs Pumfrey William Wordsworth 50 1896

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