It was the home of author James Herriot and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord's Cricket Ground is named.
Thirsk Racecourse is on the western edge of the town.
Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, it is 8 miles (13 km) south-south east of the county town of Northallerton.
In the time of William Hall’s son, William Welbank Hall, the fourth generation of the family to run the inn, it provided a grand lunch in 1911 for an eclectic mix of some of Europe’s richest and most famous people.
Thirsk is a popular tourist destination close to the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
It has a variety of small and medium-sized businesses.
Under new owners in the 1920s and 30s it continued to attract visits by early motorists, who found the stables converted to garages; two of them with pits for mechanics to do running repairs on their cars.
Thirsk is a small market town and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England.