New map to help Masham’s lost travellers

Local artist Robert Blades with the new map and Tessa Klemz, Mashamshire Community Office manager. (1206204AM1)
Local artist Robert Blades with the new map and Tessa Klemz, Mashamshire Community Office manager. (1206204AM1)

Visitors to the historic town of Masham will find it harder to get lost after the Community Office unveiled new illustrated map in the town’s Market Place.

The new map was installed three weeks ago, to replace an old plan that had stood in the centre of town for 10 years.

“The old map, which was put up by the Masham Association of Tourism and Trade, was getting quite tired, and we thought we could do with something a bit more descriptive,” said Tessa Klemz, the Community Office’s manager.

They commissioned local artist Rob Blades, who produces some of the postcards for sale in the Community Office and doubles as the town’s postman, to produce a new work of art to take its place.

The new two-sided map is now in place in the centre of the market place, inside a weather proof cover.

One side features a plan of Masham town, showing landmarks including the two breweries, the recreation ground, the White Bear Memorial, the Saxon Cross, and the Community Office.

It also shows aspects of Masham’s history, including the Seal of the Peculier and the town’s 1393 Market Charter.

On the reverse is a plan of the wider Masham area, with directions showing some of the walks visitors can take in the countryside around the town.

Tessa added: “We are very pleased with it and we have had a lot of positive comments.

“People say it is more interesting to look at, and we have had a lot fewer people getting lost.”

Masham’s Community Office is located in Little Market Place, and acts as a tourist information point, provides community information, listings from theatres and cinema and access to council services, as well as housing an exhibition space for local artists.

In March this year the town’s library moved into a room at the Community Office, and is now run by a team of volunteers.