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The village of Malham

The small village of Malham was founded in the 7th/8th century by the Angles. It can be found in the uppermost reaches of a shallow dale running southwards from the upland edge in the Pennines at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. A very pretty village surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls and having a center square with a stream running through it. It's easily accessible from the urban areas of Yorkshire and Lancashire and has become one of the most popular villages in the Dales. This small village of 120 people can be quite lively with tourists, hikers, and sightseers. (population in 1881: 145; 1901: was 106; 1971: only 74. Today about 120) The parking lots of this small village also fill up quickly during the summer months. It's a hotspot location for those coming to see Malham Tarn, Cove, Beck, Gordale Scar, and the infamous Janet's Foss. The village started out as a nucleus of houses and cottages clustered around a green or square. There are Celtic (Iron Age) field systems and down-slope cultivation terraces in the area, but the only evidence of the Angles taking over a pre-existing site is that it was built on a pre-Roman site. The original plan of the village was a common type still used in the 17th and 18th centuries when following the dissolution of the monasteries, new freeholders replaced wooden buildings with stone buildings. Copper and calamine (Smithsonite -zinc carbonate) were mined on Pikedaw. Lead was mined localled and smelted at the mill still near the village. Coal was also harvested at the nearby Fountains Fell - all bringing industry to Malham in the past.

  • Last visit to Malham: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    I agree, it's definitely not the largest lake in Britain. Good tips on a beautiful area. Hoping to get here this weekend.

  • Jul 14, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Errrrr.....Malham Tarn is certainly not the largest freshwater lake in Britain. It's probably not even in the Top 20.


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