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Masham is a small market town and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England and situated in Wensleydale on the western bank of the attractive River Ure. The name 'Masham' derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Męssa's Ham", meaning the homestead belonging to Męssa. Around the year 900 AD the Vikings invaded the region, burning and laying waste to the church and causing great suffering in Masham, but they did introduce sheep farming to the area, and Masham is still a sheep market town. Masham was historically a large parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The area of the ancient parish, except Burton-on-Yore, was known as Mashamshire from the 12th century. St Mary's Church (pictures below) was probably founded in the seventh century and stood somewhere near the present town hall on what used to be known as Cockpit Hill. The present Masham parish church, with some Anglo-Saxon stonework and the stump of an eighth-century prayer cross, is mainly Norman with fifteenth-century additions. Between 1875 and 1963 the town was served by the North Eastern Railway built Masham branch railway but this rail link to Masham went in the aftermath of the Beeching report in 1963. On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the town and you will see a reminder of this with some prominently painted yellow bicycles! The market place is by far the largest in the district. and surrounded on its south and west sides by ranges of two-three-storey buildings. To the south-east, lies St Mary's Church, Masham with its large churchyard. Masham is home to two working breweries, the Black Sheep Brewery and the Theakstons brewery, situated only a few hundred yards from one another. Masham is home to one of the oldest markets in the UK, receiving its first market charter in 1250 and still functions on Wednesday and Saturday market days, and is both popular with locals and visitors alike and plenty of pubs and cafes fro refreshments. Masham's importance as a major sheep market generated wealth that supported the large market place and its many beautiful Georgian houses. The Masham market originally thrived in Medieval times because of its nearness to Jervaulx and Fountains Abbeys, from which the monks managed large flocks of sheep.

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Masham Town: The approach to Masham over the 1754 bridge with its four segmented arches spanning the lovely River Ure.

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Masham Town: You can park near this bridge over the River Ure and walk up into Masham Town.

 

A plaque by the Market Cross proclaims that on four occasions the Kings of England have granted Masham the right to hold a weekly market and special fairs - King Henry III (1251), King Edward III (1328), King Richard II (1393) and King Charles I (1632). The tower and spire of St Mary's Parish Church in distance.

 

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Masham Town: Masham Market Square with the spire of St Mary's Church in the background.

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A broad view of Market Square, Masham, including the yellow bicycle to remind visitors of the day in the summer of 2014, that the 'Tour de France' came through Masham.

 

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Masham Town: The 1891 old police station house of the North Riding of Yorkshire (N R Y).

 

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Masham Town: The Bruce Arms and The Bay Horse, two of many pubs in Masham town.

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Masham Town: The old Town Hall (ahead) and the old Police House (left).

 

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Masham Town: A tearoom (Bordar House Teas), fine stone building and church spire enclosing part of the Market Square.

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Masham Town: The Suncatchers is a Cafe with a difference! - not shown are the very comfortable sofas!

 

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Masham Town: Market stalls in Market Place across from the handsome building of the King's Head Hotel.

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Masham Town: The market cross and church tower and spire of St Mary, all part of the atmosphere of the huge Market Place.

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Masham Town: Nice to see some small 'old-fashioned' independent shops!

 

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The Theakston's Brewery, Masham, England., where beer has been brewed at Masham since early medieval times.

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Masham Town: The old warehouse and chimney of the Theakston Brewery in Masham.

 

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Masham Town: Theakston's Brewery reception and visitors centre.

Masham Town: Then back to market Square and on to the fine Church of St Mary, Masham.

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As you enter the church grounds the fine Norman west door in the base of the tower of the Church of St Mary.

 

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Masham Town: Two views of the spire and the partly octagonal tower of the Church of St Mary, Masham.

 

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Masham Town: The south door entrance to Church of St Mary, outside of which is the ancient Anglo-Saxon shaft of an  early 9th century carved stone cross. The four tiers of carvings depict various figures of animals and humans

 

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Masham Town: The spire, tower, nave and chancel of the Church of St Mary, Masham.

 

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Masham Town: Some of the modern stained glass windows in the Church of St Mary.

 

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Masham Town: In St Mary's Church you see the alabaster statue of Sir Marmaduke Wyvill of Low Burton Hall 1613 and his wife, in a most stately but relaxed repose!

 

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St Mary's Church, Masham Town: Looking west down the nave to the curved arch under the west tower.

 

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The painting above the chancel arch of St Mary's Church.

 

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Masham, North Yorkshire, Northern England: Masham is lovely village-cum town set above the banks of the River Ure. The 'Suncatchers Cafe' (above and left), now  Johnny Baghdad's Cafe On The Square, Masham, a bit 'alternative' with soft comfortable sofas! and a bit more agreeable than an alabaster repose! The church is well worth a visit and please leave a donation to help in its upkeep.

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Bordar House Teas (above) behave yourself in the Market Place because just round the back is the old NRY police station of the North Riding of Yorkshire! ...

... and the old Masham Town Hall beyond?

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Masham, North Yorkshire, Northern England The Visitor Centre (above left) of the Theakston Brewery (above right) or 'The Black Bull in Paradise' whichever you fancy!
Masham, North Yorkshire, Northern England The Kings Head Hotel (left and below-right) is a fine building overlooking the market stalls.
Masham, North Yorkshire, Northern England A few Market Stalls in Masham
BAH HUMBUGS for those with a sweet tooth and liking ice cream when visiting Masham
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Harry's Fish and Chips in Masham

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The FANCY THAT tea room in Masham

Masham, North Yorkshire, Northern England The 'Cafe Royal' is a licensed restaurant and takeaway (above left) and is really a good old-fashioned fish and chips emporium! Next to it the 'Fancy That' Tearoom and across the road the 'Mad Hatters' Tea Room, so one is spoilt for choice!

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The Bruce Arms (left) The Bay Horse (above) are two pubs occupying Georgian houses? not sure on the architecture, but there are many fine buildings around the centre of Masham.

The Masham Bakery (below) offers takeaway food and is just off Market Square and it is good to see other traditional shops around too.

On the same road, just off Market Square are two other good shops, 'Petals' for flowers (below) and W.A. Rogers & Son, traditional butchers in Masham (below-right).

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Joneva for traditional sweets, chocolates and fine foods in Market Square, Masham (see left and below).

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