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 of this site to be Malton in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Where is Malton?

Some twenty miles equidistant from both York and Scarborough on the A64, Malton is a medium sized market town in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is separated from Norton, its East Riding neighbour, by the river Derwent. Transport links have evolved and have included the river Derwent and railway links since the 1840s.

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.

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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.

What’s New?

The main update has been to the 'Maltonians' page - information about Victorian families and people living in the town drawn from obituaries, funeral reports, family histories and the 'sketches' that appeared in the Yorkshire Gazette under the general heading of 'Bygone Maltonians' 1910-1912. Let me know if you would like something about your family included here or a link to your own website. Click on the first letter of the surname in which you are interested to see the entries.


There have been minor updates to a number of other pages.

Last updated 27th March 2017

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 can scan and return photographs, newspapers etc.

See anything wrong or that could be better? Please tell me by using the link below.


Information and early 20th century postcard views of all the main streets in the town. Read more ... ... ...


Trade Directories, Photographers, Undertakers, Local Traders and Advertisements, Bankruptcy, Malton and Norton Cooperative Society
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Railway Station Location, Crossing & Bridge, Abolition of the Turnpikes, Railway buildings, Accidents, Excursions, York & Scraboro, Malton & Driffield, Malton & Whitby
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Secret Orders

Freemasonry, Friendly Societies, Oddfellows, Shepherds and Charities Read more ... ... ...


The Sanitary Condition of Malton, Nuisance Removal, Malton Local Board of Health, Apothecaries, Surgeons, The Dispensary, Dentists, Galvanism, Cholera, Smallpox, Typhoid
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Topics & Events

Baker’s Chronology, New Malton Spa, Emigration, The telephone Comes to Malton, Horse Procession, 1937 Coronation Celebrations, St. Michael’s School, Racecourse
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Gas, Electricity, and Water
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Families, Malton Butchers Cricket Team, Malton People Database, Memories of Malton, Charles Dickens Connection, Town Bellman, Town Crier
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Managing the Workhouse, Life in the Workhouse, One of Yours in the Workhouse, Masters and Matrons, State of the Workhouse 1818, Scandal, Happenings, Advertisements
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BMDs Parish Registers, Transcriptions, Non-conformists, York Herald BMDs, Local Newspapers, Other Websites, Books, Historical Directories Project, Family History Societies, Listed Buildings, Magazine Articles, pictures and Postcards
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The Derwent Navigation, development and decline of trade, boatbuilding, baptism, and the County Bridge
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Police & Fire

Police, Fire Brigade, Law & Order, Prostitution
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St. Michael’s, St. Leonard’s, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Unitarian Chapel, Independent Chapel, Wesleyan Chapel
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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
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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. Click on their logo to visit their website and carry out your own research (fees payable for viewing images).

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