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Perched on the banks of the river Ure, Masham is a thriving and dynamic community steeped in interesting history.

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After moving to a medical practice in London, Birkbeck was involved in many scientific and philanthropic societies, from meteorology to the abolition of boy chimney sweeps.

He raised money for the formation of the London Mechanics' Institution in 1823 and laid the foundation stone of the lecture theatre.

Birkbeck's name has been given to Birkbeck College in London, the direct descendant of the London Mechanics' Institution.

At the age of nine, Samson Fox started work in a textile mill beside his father.