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The Old Masham Library - Grade 2 listed

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The Grade 2 listed Old Library, Masham sits on the corner of the principle approach in to the Market Square from Swinton. Built in 1856 it originally served as the Mechanic Institute of then Mashamshire. It was designed by the respected William Perkin of Perkin and Backhouse of Leeds in Victorian Italianate style. In 2017-18 its internal was redesigned and fully refurbished by Langton Holdings Ltd as a showcase for there work.

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Offering a fully bespoke handmade kitchen with granite toped 2.8m long island the former Lecture Hall has been recreated to form one of the most exciting examples of open plan living in Yorkshire. The kitchen has everything you would expect, range oven, dual sinks, dishwasher, washer, if fully lit under and over counter and in units, is all handmade from solid wood. The room has the historic A-frames spot lit as well as 3 chandlers. There is a Yamaha and Cambridge audio sound system and 60 inch smart TV. The current dining table seats 10 with plans to increase this to a 12 or 14 when a fitting antique one becomes available. There is sofa seating for 9 with coffee table (no photos of this area yet as still having curtains fitted). A log burner will be added once listed building consent is granted (don't ask - its taking forever!)

In addition to this 924 sq ft open plan space two bedroom suits offer the following:

Master bedroom offers king bed, handmade furniture, interlined curtains luxury carpets over 11mm underlay, beds are made up with Hungarian down duvets and minimum 400 tc linens. It then has a private corridor to master bathroom, featuring role top bath, twin Victorian basins, toilet with high level cistern, under floor heating, large 1600 x 900 dual head shower and, the best bit, lit by a 15 arm Crystal Chandelier.

The second bedroom has pineapple theme wallpaper with matching lamps and chandelier. Handmade furniture offers blanket box, wardrobe, bedside tables as well as King size bed and handmade fitted blinds. Linens are again minimum 400tc and duvets are down. The en-suit offers large dual head shower, heated towel rail, fully tiled, heated towel rail as well and traditional WC and basin.

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Full private access to the property. It occupies the full first floor of the building. The downstairs (which was the HSBC bank) is another property.

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Summary of Building - EXTRACT FROM HISTORIC ENGLAND
Former mechanics' institute designed by William Perkin opened in 1856. Included a large lecture hall, reading room and classrooms as well as domestic accommodation for a librarian.
Reasons for Designation
The former Masham Mechanics' Institute is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Social history: as a relatively early example of a bespoke building for a mechanics' institute serving a small rural market town; * Architecture: a good, relatively well preserved example of a mid-C19 architect-designed institute building employing Italianate detailing; * Interior: the first-floor lecture hall and the good survival of interior features in the rear west range are both notable.
History
Masham's Mechanics' Institute was founded in 1848, the local vicar, Reverend Thomas Riddle, being the first president until his death in 1855. A purpose-built building was erected as a memorial to Riddle, funded by public subscription and supported by local gentry, built on land donated by Trinity College Cambridge. The opening of the Riddle Memorial Mechanics' Institute was reported in the London Illustrated News of 15 November 1856. This report described the building as being Italian in style and noted that the ground floor had a spacious vestibule and staircase, large reading room, class-rooms and rooms for the librarian, and that the first floor had a lofty, spacious lecture room, ante-room, committee room and librarian's bedroom. The architect was William Perkin of Perkin and Backhouse of Leeds.

Although the building appears to have been built in two phases (the north-eastern corner appearing to be an extension), the London Illustrated News report suggests that this addition had been constructed when the building was formally opened. The building is certainly depicted as being complete on the first edition 1:2500 map of 1892. Some time before 1975 the building was divided internally to convert the ground floor into a bank, providing a separate entrance to the side linked to the staircase, with the first-floor lecture room being used as a public library. Use as a bank and library ceased in 2012.
Details
Former mechanics' institute, 1856 by William Perkin of Perkin and Backhouse of Leeds. Victorian Italianate style.

MATERIALS: coursed limestone with sandstone dressings.

PLAN: the principal range is orientated parallel to the street frontage with a domestic range at right angles to the rear, west. To the rear east and centre there is a parallel range to the front range: the eastern half appearing as a two storey single room extension, that to the centre forming the stair hall.

EXTERIOR front, south: this is symmetrical, being of two storeys and three bays with a central entrance. Windows have paired lights set within sandstone surrounds that include aprons. The first floor windows are tall, round-headed sliding sashes, each sash divided into four panes with glazing bars. The ground floor windows are segmentally headed with keystones and have replacement sashes (possibly late C19) with plate glass lower sashes and smaller upper sashes which are divided into two panes. The central entrance has a stone doorcase including a projecting cornice supported by paired stone consoles. The part glazed door is hardwood and probably late C20. The elevation is quoined, and has a plinth, storey band and cornice. The cornice is supported by shaped stone consoles and in-turn supports a plain parapet. Centrally placed, rising above the parapet is an 1856 date stone. The end stacks shown in the London Illustrated News illustration have been lost.

West elevation: the gable end of the front range is coped, the coping projecting in the form of an open pediment. The elevation is also quoined, and has a plinth and storey band. It has four openings with stone sills and keystoned lintels, round headed to the first floor, flat with segmental soffits to the ground floor. Three of the openings are blind (and were shown as blind in 1856). The ground floor northern window has been converted into a doorway. The west elevation of the rear range is more domestic in appearance and is of two bays and two storeys, the upper floor being slightly lower than that of the front range. This has four windows with stone sills and keystoned lintels, the windows being six over six hornless sashes, excepting the northern ground floor window which has been altered. The gable end retains its ridge stack.

East elevation: the gable end of the front range is similarly detailed to the west gable except that it has centrally placed windows to both ground and first floors which match those of the front elevation. The gable end of the rear range is lower and has a first floor window matching that of the domestic part of the west elevation. The ground floor window was probably originally similar, but has been altered with a raised sill.

North elevation: This is blind except for a round arched stair window to the centre which retains a 6-over 6 sash window. Below there is a blocked door to the rear yard. Extending eastwards from the north gable of the domestic range there is a row of stone built outbuildings.

INTERIOR: the first floor of the front range is a single room, originally the lecture hall, and features a pair of decorated roof trusses. The staircase up to the hall retains decorative cast iron balusters, the stair hall being separated from the bank on the ground floor by an inserted masonry wall. Cornicing to the ground floor suggests that only one internal wall was removed for the conversion into a bank. The conversion also entailed the insertion of a vault into the rear east room (probably formerly a class room). The rear west range retains panelled interior doors and other joinery, as well as its fireplaces complete with cast iron surrounds and is thought to have been mainly domestic accommodation for the librarian.
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The Grade 2 listed Old Library, Masham sits on the corner of the principle approach in to the Market Square from Swinton. Built in 1856 it originally served as the Mechanic Institute of then Mashamshire. It was designed by the respected William Perkin of Perkin and Backhouse of Leeds in Victorian Italianate style. In 2017-18 its internal was…

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Masham, Engleska, Velika Britanija

Think of a dales town, and Masham is very much what you have in mind, a charming Yorkshire Dales town on the northern edge of the Nidderdale Area.

With a unique selection of high quality shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants there is plenty to entertain the casual browser and even more for the inquisitive visitor keen to explore.

Combined with a weekly market and rich stunning countryside in every direction, this iconic town is a must for those looking to experience the true Yorkshire.

What’s Best About Masham?
The charming Georgian Market place is the heart of the town, giving a feeling of open space and fresh air regardless of the time of year, and allows visitors to stroll at their leisure free from the worries of traffic.

It sits on the River Ure, at the foot of Wensleydale, one of the best known and most striking of the Yorkshire Dales. From here you can drive south to Upper or Lower Nidderdale, explore further west into the Dales or make a short hop in the other direction to Ripon or Harrogate.

Big Events...
July sees the annual Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally, as well as the best of local produce there are a range of steam and traction engines in steam and operating. These one functional yet beautiful machines capture the romance of a bygone age for all the family.

At the end of September the town commemorates its woolly history with the lively annual Masham Sheep Fair. Competitions and sales of rare breeds, demonstrations and sheep racing are just some of the entertainments of offer.

Hidden Gems Of Masham.
Hackfall Woods and the Druids Temple are just two of the nearby Victorian sites of follies; structures built for no purpose other than to build them, partly as status symbols and partly to provide employment during times of economic hardship.

The area around the town is known locally as Mashamshire and is land of curious follies and historic buildings and structures just waiting to be explored…

Famous For…
Beer! – put simply.

Two great breweries operate in this small market town and both offer tours and gifts, while the many pubs just a stone’s throw from the breweries will provide the perfect opportunity to sample the range of delicious ales lovingly crafted in the town, and you’ll find no better steak and ale pie than one made with either Riggwelter, or Old Peculiar.

Take your time to sample both, and decide which you prefer. This can take several nights, but with some great accommodation it’s a perfect place to spend some time.

Getting To Masham.
The town sits on the A6108, roughly half way between Leyburn, and the city of Ripon.
Using the A1: Coming from the south take junction 50, and follow signs along the A6055 then B6267, from the North take Junction 51 for Bedale, leaving Bedale on the B6268 and follow the road signs.
Think of a dales town, and Masham is very much what you have in mind, a charming Yorkshire Dales town on the northern edge of the Nidderdale Area.

With a unique selection of high quality shops, gall…

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I'm William and I am in my 30's and I am lucky enough to have several properties in Leeds and Masham. During the week I live in Albert House, Leeds however occasionally it is available for exclusive use if I am at my holiday home or on my yacht in France. I like to see the house getting used and really its too big for me! Albert House has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as 3 large reception rooms and former staff quarters. There is a cleaner that comes four times a week and a gardner that also comes twice a week. The Coach House is to the rear and is completely detached and self contained and it available all the time as an airbnb holiday let. If you rent both you can sleep 17 all in luxury beds with white company linen! On top of that you can all relax together in the Games Room of the big house. In Masham I have 3 airbnb holiday lets one of which (The Old Library) is very luxurious and has recently had a six figure make over! The Old Bank is amazing too and very large. Next door but two is the more affordable Church Street. In total with all three you can sleep 18, within 50 meters of each other, in the town center! All can then gather in The Old Library as the old Lecture Hall in there is an amazing huge space! Personal check in will be done where possible we are all warm, hospitable and will help you feel right at home. If you are renting a private room in the main house (not exclusive use) here is some information about me: I have a love of sailing and skiing, so if you are outgoing and sporty we might have a chat over a cup of tea / glass of wine. The property is protected by CCTV and by Barley the Labrador when I am here, so you're always safe here. Albert House is an interesting place to stay, all the rooms are individually decorated and there is always somewhere you can escape to if you want a bit of quiet time. In the summer the gardens are stunning. I like hosting in the house when I am here because I have met some interesting people and like to share my house with people who will appreciate it.
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