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Village Street, Thirlby.jpg
Village street in Thirlby
Thirlby is located in North Yorkshire
Thirlby shown within North Yorkshire
Population 134 
OS grid reference SE485839
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THIRSK
Postcode district YO7
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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YorkshireCoordinates: 54°14′57″N 1°15′21″W / 54.24912°N 1.25572°W / 54.24912; -1.25572

Thirlby is a village and civil parish in Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. With a population of about 120 in 2003, measured at 134 at the 2011 Census,[1] Thirlby is situated approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Thirsk. Unlike its near neighbours, the village is not mentioned the Domesday Book.


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It is also within the Thirsk electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Whitestonecliffe ward of Hambleton District Council.[2]


According to the 2001 UK Census, the village had a population of 127, of which 103 were over the age of sixteen. Of these, 68 were in employment. The village had 54 dwellings of which 43 were detached.[3]

The nearest settlements are Felixkirk 1.4 miles (2.3 km) to the north west; Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south south west; Cold Kirby 2.75 miles (4.43 km) to the east and Boltby 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the north. Thirlby Beck runs through the east of the village and is part of the tributary system of the River Swale.[2]

Notable residents[edit]

Veterinarian and author James Alfred Wight, known popularly as James Herriot, lived in Thirlby, fictionally named as High Field House in Hannerly in his books If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  3. ^ "2001 UK Census". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Life and Times of James Herriot". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Sharp, Michael D. (2006). Popular Contemporary Writers. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish. p. 755. 
  6. ^ Herriot, James; All Creatures Great and Small: "If Only They Could Talk" and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet"; Pan Books (1993 edition). ISBN 0-330-25049-3

External links[edit]

Media related to Thirlby at Wikimedia Commons