Aldborough Market Cross
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
The Market Cross at Masham in the parish of Aldborough is ringed by four trees, two of which can be seen in this drawing. The square market place seems disproportionately large now but reflects Masham's history as a significant market town. It was granted its market charter by Richard III in 1393. Langdale's Yorkshire Dictionary (1822) notes, "The town is most delightfully situated on the western bank of the river Ure, and the adjacent country, particularly to the east, is abundantly fertile. The market is on Wednesday; but not much business is transacted".