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The Yorkshire Dales village of Muker (Meuhaker in 1274) derives from the Old Scandinavian meaning a ‘narrow cultivated plot’. The village perches, picture-postcard-like, alongside the Straw Beck, a tributary of the Swale, its stone buildings largely products of the 18th and 19th centuries when it was a centre for lead miners and hand knitters. These days, its economy is primarily based on agriculture and tourism. St Mary’s church in its current form dates from the 16th century, during the reign of Elizabeth I, but was much restored in the late Victorian period. The village is famous for its flower meadows and brass band, and boasts a shop, pub and art gallery.
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