Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Nestling in the wonderful lower Wensleydale countryside Masham continues to inspire its visitors, just as it did with Turner and author Lewis Carroll.
Thanks to the nearby Fountains and Jervaulx Abbeys Masham thrived as a market town. Its charter was granted in 1250 and to this day the town hosts a thriving market every Wednesday and Saturday.
The proximity of the two abbeys allowed Masham to develop as a centre for livestock sales and the town is today famous for its September sheep sale which can see up to 80 000 sheep sold.
Masham as a place name is derived from Maessa's Ham, meaning "the homestead belonging to Maessa."
The town boasts two breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep, each producing world famous ales.
Every July the town hosts a Steam Engine Fair and Organ Rally. There are plenty of arts and crafts shops to tempt the visitor, whilst many enjoy the simple pleasure of taking in the beautiful Georgian architecture or strolling alongside the River Ure.