I do love a blue plaque. I see the striking blue and just know that there will be a little piece of history attached to the building. The blue plaque here adorns the home of James Wight who was the author of the James Herriot books based on his own life.
The striking flowers, blue plaque and white cafe nets were enough to draw both me and Mumsy in. So, a picture heavy post which means feet up, cup of tea and a victoria sponge while we take you around James Wight's home and workplace.
The interior was equally as welcoming. The living room felt as though we were walking into my Grandparents' house with books, games on the floor and my Grandad in the corner reading his paper. Even the French doors were the same. We could imagine James resting here in between his visits into the Yorkshire countryside and tending to the sick animals.
The dining room all set for tea with its beautiful linen and cutlery. Can you imagine the many interesting conversations that were shared around this table. Some I daresay a bit gruesome!
In the corner, a well equipped desk full of exquisite, historical memories. I used to love seeing these spikes with bills and notes pierced and gathered by their bases.
Down the passageway there were many other visual treats to discover ...
... I did say 'visual treats' rather than 'delicious delights'! (Glad I'm not cattle - a pint of Castor Oil, can you imagine?!)/
I loved the shelves full of colourful glass and different potions for different livestock ailments.
In the next room a small operating theatre that was used for the smaller animals. With the surgery's success James was able to branch out to smaller pets.
And of course, the there had to be some feminine touches somewhere. This was in the next room...
... with of course a wonderful Singer sewing machine.
In the passageway, it was explained to us that if the vets were out and busy, this cupboard would contain all the required medication for those farmers who couldn't get to the practice when it was usually open. How trusting this age was.
Of course, during the War the vets needed easy shelter from possible bombings. We loved the descent into the basement and the different partitions separating the living areas. Very basic but safe.
But, the best room of the house had to be this multi functioning kitchen. Everywhere we looked there were remnants of our grandparents' kitchens. There were items that we still use today and also things that we were so pleased that kitchen appliances had been invented.
No words, just enjoy the memories!... (how I miss my Aga!)
The more I look at these photos the more I see and remember from years ago. A lovely trip down memory lane.
Outside James' statue is this small and well kept courtyard.
And in another building, journals from the man himself.
Along with various pictures and autographs from cast members of the series.
The studios were towards the back in another building with the abundance of wires and cameras surrounding the sets for the series All Creatures Great and Small.
The car used in the series has been restored. Wouldn't this have been so much fun to drive around the countryside back in the day?!
Trust Mumsy to lower the tone!!
From one of the windows upstairs you could see the church where he was married.
So that was our short visit to Thirsk. I meant to post this last week but with life getting in the way, especially life with teenagers, parenting had to come first!
Next week I'll share with you the beautiful village of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. After that we have a trip to London booked - at last I hear you say! It's been a few months but I'll be so glad to get back on the tube now that the cooler months are back and breathe in the air of London - nothing beats the smell of home!
But I will leave you with this wonderful print that was on the stairs. Goodbye Old Man. What a lovely sentiment.