History of Thirsk

Thirsk & Sowerby Charities

Extracted from A Report to Parliament
July 1820
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Jefferson's History of Thirsk

Printed 1821
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Envelope from Joshua Samual Crompton, M.P.

Written at Thirsk August Thirteen 1834
and franked free(for MP's)
Joshua served as MP for Ripon 1832 to 1834
his family seat was Esholt Hall but in Pigot's 1834
directory he is listed at Sion Hill
I am still researching Lady Eliz. A Smyth
Front of letter/envelope

St Mary's Church Thirsk

Extracted from Churches of Yorkshire by G. A. Poole
Printed in 1844
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Leeds and Thirsk Railway

The original Act of Parliament for setting up of the railway 1845
Front page of the Act
Share Certificate for the Railway

Envelope to Lt. the Lord Greenock
23 Foot Wood End, Thirsk 1850

Lord Greenock left the Army in 1850 to become, upon marriage Earl Cathcart
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William Ralph Bell, Chemist - Leaflet 1853

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Whellan's History of Thirsk (1859)

Transcription © Derek E Adamson 2001

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A letter to Kilvington Hall August 1868

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A Mourning lettler envelope to
Countess Cathcart July 1872

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The Thirsk Gas Act 1871

The original Act of Parliament for setting up of the Gas Works
Front page of the Act
The schedule describing the land and owners

Thirsk Jubilee Medal

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The following information is supplied courtesy of Cooper Harding, curator of Thirsk Museum.

Jubilee House. The premises of Ingham, jeweller, later Robson & Ingham, then W.Clayton. The premises were in the building between the Fleece and the old Crown Inn (now Co-op) and occupied today by The Bakers Oven and Stead & Simpson. Ingham's was between Zak Wright's stationer and "Taffy" Lee, taxidermist. The business was presumably given the name "Jubilee House" in 1887 in honour of the Queen; it can be seen in the photograph of the Market Place on page 8 of our book "Around Thirsk" (the first one, not the new collection) - the name board runs across the top of the two left-hand bays. This example is a particularly good version of the souvenir medals issued on such occasions by shopkeepers and given away to customers. They belong to the same category of advertising goods as the superb oleograph calendars printed for Foggitt's and the boxes of Christmas candles made for B. Smiths

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Union Workhouse Thirsk

© Compiled by Derek Adamson in 2001. A very brief "starter" history of the "workhouse" and a list of graves in Thirsk Cemetery.
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Workhouse residents from the 1881 Census
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An Historic Thirsk Cheque

Click on the link to see an historic Thirsk cheque,dated 14th February 1894 it was from Quintin Rhodes, owner of Rhodes Brewery in Kirkgate to William Trueman Spence the owner/landlord of the White Swan in the Market Place valued at 500 it was not redeemed until 24th February 1897

The following information is supplied courtesy of Cooper Harding, curator of Thirsk Museum.

The Rhodes "cheque". This is not a cheque as we understand it today, since it has not been drawn on a bank. This is an example of a "Note of Hand" and it is in effect the acknowledgement of a loan made by Spence to Rhodes and an undertaking to repay the loan at some unspecified date. Similar was a "Bill of Exchange". These were common methods of raising cash in the days before modern banking systems, but carried a risk, and many folk got into financial difficulties when notes or bills they had signed were presented for payment, especially as such notes could be passed on at a discount to a third, fourth or n'th party without the drawer being notified - consequently an improvident borrower had no idea who might come upon him for a repayment. Whether or not the note specified a time limit, the only proof that the money had been paid up was a signature on the back (as in this case) - hence the reason why bank cheques are still "endorsed" today. Modern banknotes are in fact a promise by the bank to pay the bearer the value of the note ( but NOT with 5% interest!) - in days gone by, the repayment would have been in "coin of the realm" - ie real gold or silver - it doesn't work today!! I don't think you can really tell why Rhodes needed the money - possibly for a property transaction, but the Kirkgate brewery was bought out by John Smith in 1897, so perhaps the business was not doing well?
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A letter from Carlton Hustwaite dated August 4th 1894


Order of service for a Memorial Service for the late Queen Victoria held on February 2nd 1901

Order of Service

Henry Masterman & Son

Wind & Spirit Merchants, Market Place
Two invoices to Mr. B. Luton of Leeming Lane dated 1904, he must have entertained a lot, buying spirits by the half gallon.

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The Vale of Mowbray

By Edmund Bogg - 1906

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©Thirsk Soldiers Died in WW1

©Derek Adamson, 1999. This book has been compiled from many sources, both official and unofficial. It has not been possible however to verify all information contained therein.
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St. Mary's Church Special Order of Service

Order of Service for the Dedication of the Chiming clock and Unveiling of the Memorial Tablets
Front cover of the Order of Service

Rymer Bros Ltd

8 Millgate THIRSK
Invoice for Hen Corn & Laying Meal 1941
For Mr Noble, farmer at Borrowby

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Written by Eric Thompson in 1947

This is recommended reading, a good version of the many histories of Thirsk

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Bamlett Model HT.1 Mechanical-Lift Trailer Mower

Front cover of the spare parts list

Nikolaus Pevsner on Thirsk

Extracted from The Buildings of England - Yorkshire The North Riding (1966). As any person who knows and loves Thirsk will tell you, that Pevsner must have been one of the most blinkered persons to have lived in the 20th centuary. Some may disagree with my comments, that is your perogative
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