In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Malham like this:
MALHAM, a village and a township in Kirkby-in-Malham parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Aire, 5½ miles E of Settle; is a picturesque place; and has a post office under Leeds, two inns, a Wesleyan chapel, a free school, and fairs on 30 June and 15 Oct. The township comprises 3,870 acres. ...
Real property, £2,810. Pop., 184. Houses, 36. The manor belongs to Lord Ribblesdale. Jeannot's Cave, a short distance from the village, is an interesting cavern; and a beautiful little cascade is near it. Goredale Scar, in the same direction, and about a mile from the village, is a gorge through cliffs about 300 feet high; and has been regarded, by many visitors, as a pre-eminently grand piece of rock scenery. Malham Cove, a little further on, is a mountain amphitheatre, with limestone cliffs rising almost vertically to a height of 285 feet; and commands, from the summit of the cliffs, a very gorgeous view. Limestone abounds, lead ore has been worked, and calamine is found.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Malham, in Craven and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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