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The Thirsk Weekly News is a family-owned paper for Thirsk and the surrounding area


6th April, 2024.

Moving down the street, from the then crumbling but impressive savings bank building on the corner, apart from a few cottages, you passed the Lambert Memorial Hospital, then in decline, an electrical contractors warehouse, a factory making spare parts for potato harvesters, the slaughterhouse that provided the local meat for Harry Lee's butchers shops, the Territorial Army Drill Hall, then a printers, the back yards for the Market Place shops, a cabinet makers workshop, the undertaker's garage, and a motor repair garage.

How things have changed now – modernity has charged in; we have a relocated doctor's surgery, one in need of renovation, a new library and combined care home, rows of new houses have sprouted, and continue to replace industrial uses.

The TA Hall is now emerging into four craftily converted town houses, the abattoir is long gone, replaced by more houses, and Design in Wood has been redesigned into three more residential units, as have the adjacent workshops.

The latest project is to convert the site of the undertaker's depot, and the adjacent site into four more houses.

It is a good thing that town centres are diversifying from just being commercial centres into the mix of residential and trade uses.

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