All Kitchens Great and Small - The 1940’s English Farmhouse of James Herriot

There’s nothing quite as charming as an old country farmhouse. We take you now to the town of Thirsk, located in the beautiful North Yorkshire region of England. This is where veterinary surgeon James Alfred Wight lived, worked, and wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot.

His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold millions of copies throughout the world. Their great success led to two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which aired in the late 1970s and early 80s.

The home of James Herriot has been fully restored to it’s 1940’s glory for visitors to enjoy. Included is the traditional English farmhouse kitchen. Not only is it interesting to see what life and decor was like back then, it is also a great place for design inspiration. Many of the features displayed can be incorporated into today's modern kitchen design.

Some elements we love:

  • Open shelving
  • Colorful walls and cabinet finish
  • Vintage style appliances
  • Large farmer sink
  • Furniture style cabinetry

What features inspire you?