Tuesday, August 06, 2013



Melmerby is one of a small number of villages in the Eden area, that were supposed to have been laid out in such a way, that the houses surrounding the open village green, provided a protective barrier against cattle raiders, with Melmerby beck providing a suitable barrier on the open side of the village. 

Above. Old postcard showing the village green and church.

Other villages in the area that share this claim are Askham, Temple Sowerby and Milburn, all within five or six miles of each other.

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