Place:Masham, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeTown, Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates54.217°N 1.667°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inNorth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoMasham Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandchanged from urban district to rural district in 1934
Harrogate District, North Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district in which Masham located since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Masham is a small market town and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 1,235. Situated in Wensleydale on the western bank of the River Ure, the name derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Mæssa's Ham", the homestead belonging to Mæssa. The Romans had a presence here, but the first permanent settlers were the Angles. Around 900 AD the Vikings invaded the region, burning and laying waste to the church and causing great suffering in Masham. They also introduced sheep farming, something for which the town is well known today.

The nearest railway stations are Thirsk and Northallerton. Both are on the TransPennine Express line; Northallerton is also on the East Coast Main Line.

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The above quote from Wikipedia describes Masham's current status and its most ancient history. Prior to the reorganization of local government of 1974, Harrogate administrative district did not exist. From 1894 until 1934 Masham itself was classified as an Urban District with the North Riding of Yorkshire, England. Unusually, Masham Urban District contained a number of rural communities within its boundaries (see below). In 1934, Masham Urban District combined with Colsterdale civil parish (which had been in Leyburn Rural District) to form Masham Rural District. Masham Rural District continued to exist until the nationwide reorganization of local government in 1974 which replaced the North Riding of Yorkshire with North Yorkshire and made many internal changes within the county.

Civil Parishes of Masham Urban District

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Masham.

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