Information on Masham, Yorkshire
Located in Lower Wensleydale Masham is a small town of around 1200 inhabitants. Locals pronounce the name as ‘Mass-am’ but you may hear it referred to by visitors as ‘Mash-am’. The area was probably first settled in Roman times, due to its position near an easily fordable part of the River Ure and its proximity to the course of a Roman road on the main route from Wensleydale to York. The tiny town is famous throughout Britain for its breweries. Theakston’s Brewery was originally founded in The Black Bull hotel on Silver Street in 1827 and later moved to their current site at Paradise Fields which is their site today. In 1992 Paul Theakston founded The Black Sheep Brewery and began brewing ales which have become some of the most popular beers produced by an Independent Brewery, and are available all over the world. Not surprisingly the town has a number of pubs in which you can sample the Ales including the White Bear, The Kings Head and a pub attached to both of the breweries.