Explored 14 Oct 2011 #143
Middlesmoor is a small hill village overlooking Lofthouse and How Stean Gorge and is near the head of Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. Only about 22 homes are inhabited in the village which is perhaps the most picturesque in Nidderdale.
The place name was first mentioned in the 12th century. It probably means "moorland in the middle of two streams" referring to the River Nidd and its tributary How Stean Beck. An alternative explanation is that the name comes from an otherwise unrecorded personal name, Midele, also seen in the name of Middlesbrough.
Middlesmoor is the principal settlement in the civil parish of Stonebeck Up, historically a township in the ancient parish of Kirkby Malzeard.
A remarkable cross, linked to St Chad, is in the church of his name, Middlesmoor. There is also an Anglo Saxon font in the church.