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Due in part to the the salt which over the years has been thrown down onto Topcliffe Road during winter time, the sandstone pillar that forms part of the entrance to Belgrave Terrace gardens is becoming something of liability ( see supporting photographs ).

If not attended to soon then there is the worry that this stone pillar might fall on a passer by or worse into the path of an oncoming vehicle that uses the Topcliffe Road. Measures need to be put in place with which to avoid the possibility of this happening. The question is - who is responsible for securing this structure ? is it the residents or the council ? is this pillar worth saving ? maybe the pillar needs to be replaced altogether ?


As Belgrave Terrace gardens is described in the Thirsk & Sowerby Conservation Area Planning document as “one of the best examples of Victorian domestic development in the Conservation Area” I woudl like to think that Hambleton District Council are in a position to provide materials, manpower, advice and support in this area. If anyone has an suggestions as to how we address this situation, please get in touch.

Click here to visit the Topcliffe Road gate gallery


Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Sowerby is a suburb of Thirsk and is positioned in the northern half of North Yorkshire on the flood plains of Cod Beck. It sits on the A19 trunk road at the junction with the A61 to the west and Ripon. Northallerton lies 10 miles to the north along the A168 and York is 25 miles to the south east along the A19. Thirsk has a station on the main east coast railway line.

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The purpose of a Conservation Area is to protect wider landscapes of quality and the local distinctiveness of areas valued for their visual characteristics and historic associations