Muker in 1843
Muker is a chapelry and customary market-town in that part of the parish of Grinton which belongs to the wapentake of Gilling-West, in the liberty of Richmondshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire, about 252 miles from London, 54 miles north-west of York, and 17 miles west by south of Richmond. The township comprises the higher part of Swaledale, and the town stands in an angle formed by two of the streams which contribute to form that river.
The living is a perpetual curacy attached to the vicarage of Grinton, formerly in the archdeaconry of Richmond and diocese of Chester, but now in the diocese of Ripon, with an income of about £98. The town contains a chapel-of-ease, dedicated to St. Mary, and erected in 1580, and some schools, one of which is partly supported by endowment of about £20 a year, bequeathed by Anthony Metcalfe in 1678, for a free-school.
There is also a subscription library. The market, which has been established by custom, is held on Wednesday, and there is an annual fair on the Wednesday before Old Christmas-day. The parish contains mines of lead, iron, and coal, and also produces lime. About 2 miles to the north-west is a cascade called Keasden Force, where the Swale falls over some rugged rocks into a romantic dale. The population of the chapelry was 1,247 in 1831, and 1,241 in 1841.