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Malton History

Through this site I would like to build and share a picture of the heritage of Malton.
How did the town evolve? What have been the key events? Who lived here?
Where can you find out more information?
You will find the main focus to be Malton in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.


Through this site I would like to build and share a picture of the heritage of Malton. How did the town evolve? What have been the key events? Who lived here? Where can you find out more information? Although Malton has an ancient history, and there is well documented evidence that the area had importance in Roman times, you will find the main focus of this site to be Malton in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Where is Malton?

Malton is a market town situated in the North Riding of Yorkshire approximately equidistant between York and Scarborough. Malton is separated from Norton, its East Riding neighbour, by the River Derwent, once a bustling waterway for the transport of coal and corn. The railway came to the town in 1845 and prompted change. The character of the town today is founded in its many older buildings standing in its Market place and main thoroughfares. There are families and businesses that have been established for over 100 years.

Malton? New Malton?

In 1138, Malton was burned down by the Archbishop of York in order to flush out the Scots occupying it at the time. Subsequent to the rebuilding, it became known as New Malton and this is its correct designation today. This also provides a clear distinction from Old Malton - just about one mile away. This website is all about New Malton but due to proximity will occasionally stray into Old Malton and Norton.

Search MaltonHistory

I hope you have the time to stop by and browse this site and find what you are looking for. If not please use the search box below. Hit enter to start the search. Search results appear in a new window.

What's New

The following have recently been added:

1901 Census Transcript and updated other census transcripts

Many minor updates

Want to Help?

If you have anything about Malton you wish to share please contact me via the link at the bottom of the page. I am particularly interested to increase the coverage of major events, people who have influenced the development of the town and businesses. I can scan and return photographs, newspapers etc. If you see anything wrong or that could be better, again please tell me by using the link below.

Take Care!

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure information on this site is accurate. It is 'best practice' to review the original source to confirm and to check for further information. Please also confirm the availability of documents at stated locations before travelling - holdings and their locations can change.


A big thank you to everyone who has provided me with information and suggestions. I would particularly like to acknowledge the British Newspaper Archive through which I have researched the main events in Malton as they have been covered in the Yorkshire Gazette, York Herald and other newspapers. Without their powerful search facility much of the information on this site would have taken a long time to provide. Visit this amazing resource to carry out your own research (fees payable for viewing images).

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Woodhams Stone Collection

Local historians John Stone and Syd Woodhams have been enthusiastically collecting all kinds of memorabilia and ephemera associated with life in Malton and Norton. Their joint collections totalling thousands of items are now merged into the Woodhams Stone Collection.

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Malton Museum

The collections are mainly of archaeological items and come from excavations that took place between 1925 and 1970. It is only possible to display a small fraction of this at any one time. To compensate for this there is a rolling programme of changes to the contents of the display cases and special exhibitions and events.

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Information in Four Categories


Lots of information about who lived here and where! Families, Malton Butchers Cricket Team, Malton People Database, Memories of Malton, Charles Dickens Connection, Town Bellman, Town Crier, Wives Wanted, Malton in the 1840s, Census including some transcriptions, 1858 List of Voters for St. Michael's, Earl Fitzwilliam Rent Accounts, Newspaper announcements of births, deaths and mariages

The Town

What was the town like in Victorian and Edwardian times? Where is/was that street? House numbering, Malton in the 1840s, Planning & Building Control, Toilets in Chancery Lane, Streets Butcher Corner, Castlegate, Greengate, Market Place, Middlecave, Newbiggin, Old Maltongate, St. Michael Street, Saville Street, The Mount, Wentworth Street, Wheelgate, Yorkersgate, York Road, Peasey Hill, Planning & Building Control, Town Guides Old Pictures and Maps, Walks around the town take in a bit of history! Land Hearth Tax, 1873 Return of Owners of Land, Property, North Riding Register of Deeds, Finance Act 1910


What businesses and industries were here? Trade Directories, Photographers, Undertakers, Apprentices, Banks, Breweries, Local Traders and Advertisements, Bankruptcy, Malton and Norton Cooperative Society, Longsters, Fitch & Co, Thomas Taylor, Public Benefit Boot Co., Shopping Week 1922, The Manure Company, Biscuit Mills, Milling, Iron Foundries, Ralph Yates, Industrial Safety

Topics & Events

What happened here both locally and in response to wider events? Baker's Chronology, New Malton Spa, Emigration, The Telephone Comes to Malton, Cemetery, Horse Procession, Coronation of Queen Victoria, 1937 Coronation Celebrations, St. Michael's School, Racecourse, Emigration, Malton Golf Course, Sebastopol Cannon, Middlecave Windmill, Traffic, Theatre, Queen Victoria's Jubilee, Coronation of Edward Vll, Longster's Spa Garden, Curling, Talbot Hotel Newspapers Historical Background, Malton Messenger, Malton & Norton Gazette, including digital copies of the first few editions from 1855 Worship Three Ecclesiastical Parishes, 1857 locations, St. Michael's, St. Leonard's, Primitive Methodists, Unitarians, Independents, Catholics, Baptists, Wesleyans, Society of Friends, Congregationalists, 1851 Religious Census Police & Fire Police, law & order, prostitution, fire brigade, fires, Fire Brigade Friendly Society Pubs & Beerhouses Brewster Sessions, landlords, Temperance movement, closure dates Secret Orders Freemasonry, Friendly Societies, Oddfellows, Independent Order of Rechabites, Shepherds and Charities The Railway Victorian Heyday, Abolition of the Turnpikes, Accidents, Station Location, Railway Crossing & Bridge, Excursions, Railway Buildings, York & Scarborough line, Malton & Driffield line, Malton and Whitby line Health The sanitary condition of Malton 1854, nuisance removal, local board of health, the Dispensary, the Cottage Hospital, Apothecaries, Doctors and Surgeons, Dentists, Galvanism, 1932 typhoid outbreak, Health & Housing in 1909, Cholera, Smallpox, Smallpox Vaccination, Typhoid, 1918 Influenza epidemic Workhouse Settlement & Removals, managing the workhouse, state of the workhouse 1818, workhouse provisions, scandal at the workhouse, life in the workhouse, one of yours in the workhouse, masters & matrons, advertisements for staff First World War War is declared, the Wider War Effort, Employment issues for local tradesmen, Zeppelin Raids, Local Recruitment Advertising and Meetings, Military Tribunals, Medals and Bravery, Casualties, War Memorial, Armistice is Signed

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