Thirsk Hall, North Yorkshire

Thirsk Hall

Not only do I live 4 doors down from Thirsk Hall but also the Back of my cottage is part Of the boundary wall to this beautiful estate but I’m sorry to say that is were the similarities end. Thirsk Hall is a grade II listed three-storey town house built in 1723 and extended in 1770 by York architect John Carr which has been in the Bell Family for nearly 300 years. The Hall sits at the head of the table alongside St Mary’s church on Kirkgate to the West of the little but welcoming Market town in North Yorkshire.

The reason I was visiting the gardens today was not only for a long awaited look over the neighbours wall but also to support The National Garden Scheme which was why the gardens were open.

This Elegant high backed chair was made by one of the worker at the Hall

The entrance fee On the day was £6 this goes to help many charities Including Hospice Uk, Macmillan cancer support, The Queens Nursing Trust and Other nursing and health charities, infact the The National Garden Scheme donated £2.88 million in 2020.

There was plenty of plants available to purchase
I saw this closed door and thought of my childhood favourite book ‘The Secret Garden’
A place to sit and ponder
Johnny’s Bench has such lovely views
That looks a very comfortable stone Bench
A Bench under a blossoming Wisteria what else could you ask for.
Such a lovely family space
This Bench was reclaimed by John Bell by using two Benches to make one. They were found neglected over at Gormire near Sutton Bank.
Where modern meets history
Now thats a posh Loo

I would like to thank the Bell family for their warm hospitality and letting me have a peek at their beautiful gardens.

Please let me know if you enjoyed the photographs and if you are wanting more information about the National Garden Scheme you will find over at You can also find me over on Twitter at @myfavebench.


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