Masham is a small market town between Ripon and Middleham, on the western bank of the River Ure.

One of the most striking features of the town is the Market Place, which is the largest in Yorkshire. Masham's historic importance as a major sheep market is the reason for such a huge market place and for its beautiful Georgian houses. Wednesday and Saturday are market days, popular among both locals and visitors.

To the south-east, lies St. Mary's Church with its large churchyard. The church, while having some Saxon stone work and the stump of an eighth century prayer cross, is mainly Norman with 15th century additions.

Masham is home to two working breweries: Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons (home of "Old Peculiar" bitter) are situated a few yards from one another. Both breweries have visitor centres.

A popular annual event in the town is the Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally. The organisers, Masham Town Hall Association, are a registered charity and all money raised is used for the upkeep of the Town Hall and to help various groups and organisations in the town.

Visitors mainly enjoy browsing in the town's shops, workshops and galleries, and visiting the two breweries, the ancient church and Masham's rich architectural heritage. The area also abounds in pleasant walks, from gentle riverside strolls to more demanding excusions into the surrounding moorland.

OS grid reference SE 225 805


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