James Alfred Wight
(1916-1995)

Died aged 78

James Alfred Wight (3 October 1916 ā€“ 23 February 1995), better-known by his pen name James Herriot, was a British veterinary surgeon and writer. Born in Sunderland, Wight graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939, returning to England to become a veterinarian in Yorkshire, where he practised for almost fifty years. He is best known for writing a series of eight books set in the 1930sā€“1950s Yorkshire Dales about animals and their owners, which began with If Only They Could Talk, first published in 1970. There have been multiple television and film adaptations of Wight's books, including the 1975 film All Creatures Great and Small and the BBC television series of the same name, which ran for a total of 90 episodes.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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James Alfred Wight 1916-1995. Veterinary surgeon & author of the James Herriot books lived & worked here. His stories and characters were portrayed in film & television as All Creatures Great & Small.

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, United Kingdom where they lived and worked

Hotel Majestic. The Hotel Majestic opened on 18 July 1900 as the finest hotel of the world's greatest spa. Built by Frederick hotels and designed by London architect G. D. Martin, the majestic has, for over a century, been the preferred address of visitors such as Winston Churchill, Edward Elgar, Errol Flynn, 'James Herriot', G. B. Shaw and several Prime-Ministers. Bombed on 12 July 1940, the Hotel Majestic served as an RAF Reception Centre during the Second World War. It was extensively refurbished between 1998 and 2002.

Ripon Road, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they stayed