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Information mainly 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.

Malton People Database


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With over 5,000 entries the Malton People Database contains snippets of information about those who lived in Malton up to the early 1900s. These include references to newspaper mentions (bankruptcies, court cases, accidents etc), entries in trade directories and anything else which might be useful to family historians. This can only be an index so please check the source so that you will know if more detailed information is available.

The Charles Dickens Connection

The connection between the author Charles Dickens and Malton was twofold. Firstly, through a solicitor, Charles Smithson, who practised in Chancery Lane. Dickens was godfather to one of Smithson’s daughters. In 1844 when Smithson died, Dickens attended the funeral. For more information see the Malton Charles Dickens Society webpage.
The second connection was through his brother, Alfred Lambert Dickens. He was an engineer and for a period lived at Greengate House:
'At the Malton Sale Rooms on Tuesday, Messrs Boulton and Cooper offered for sale the residence known as Greengage House, the property of the executors of the late Mr. Richard Snow, together with an adjoining dwelling house. This was where Charles Dickens visited his brother Alfred, who was engineer during the construction of the York and Scarborough Railway. The property was withdrawn at £1,150.'
Hull Daily Mail, 23 September 1914

Wives Wanted

A notice to the following effect was posted at Malton on Tuesday 2nd December 1834: "This is to give notice, that a certain gentleman, of Malton, is in immediate want of a wife. He is about five feet nine inches in height, of good complexion, and of respectable appearance, and would wish to be the partner of a lady about forty years of age, who is possessed of personal attractions, and a moderate fortune. Address J.S. Yorkersgate, to be left at the post-office, Malton. - P.S. The gentleman has made many very great efforts, which have not proved successful." [1]
[1] Leeds Times, 6 December 1834

On Monday, the 22d of October laft, at Malton, Mr. R. Wood, of the Blue-Ball public-house, of that place, to Mrs. Sarah Murrill, late housekeeper to John Webb Wefton, Efq. Guildford, Surrey. - We have to notice, that this marriage took place in consequence of an advertisement for “A WIFE,” which appeared in the York Herald, in July laft. The advertisement being read by the lady’s maid, the immediately fhowed it to the housekeeper, telling her it would be a good match for her. After come little correfpondence, an interview took place at Grantham, and the lady was brought down to Malton, to fee the fituation. Every thing proving agreeable, the marriage was fpeedily consummated.-Seldom has any circumstance happened at Malton, which has excited more curiosity and attention; there is scarcely a person in the town or neighbourhood but has been at the Blue-Ball, to pay their refpects to the bride, who is a very handfome and moft refpectable woman.- Our Correfpondent concludes: “This modern way of procuring a wife, is much liked here; and I doubt not but you will have many more applications of the kind.
York Herald Saturday 10th November 1804

At Malton, Mr. R. Wood, of the Blue Ball public house there, to Miss Sarah Mureill, late housekeeper to John Webb Weston, Esq. Guildford, Surry. This marriage took place in consequence of an advertisement for “A Wife,” which appeared in the York Herald of July last, and promises much happiness to the parties. the bride is a very handsome and a very respectable woman.
the Scots Magazine, 1 November 1804

Memories of Malton

Thomas Baker compiled “Memories of Malton and Some of its Inhabitants in the ‘Sixties and Onwards”. The date of writing is assumed to be the 1920s - ‘sixties refers to the 1860s! This may help with interpreting Census information as although not comprehensive covers how some streets and the occupation of shops evolved. The work has sections for each major street/area of the town and the introduction is as follows:
“It has often been suggested to me that a few observations on Malton and some of its inhabitants in the “Sixties” and onwards would prove interesting not only to the older but also to the younger generation of Maltonians, and after much thought, and diffidence, I have decided to give my impressions of Malton during the last 65 years in order to show what improvements have been made in the structural appearance of the old town. I will try to give a true reflection of the transformation which has been effected during that period. Of course, I realise that it will be a very difficult task to undertake as I have no data to go upon except my own recollections; that is to say, I have not any notes or diary of the alterations as to the exact times when the old buildings have been pulled down and the new ones erected. I will, however, endeavour to deal with the alterations made in the various streets of the town, and will first take”
Old Maltongate
Market Street & Market Place
Saville Street
Horsemarket Road
Victoria Road
Railway Street
St. Michael Street

Malton in the 1840s

Articles and correspondence describing reminiscences of people, businesses and appearance of the town in the 1840s as recorded in late 1907/early 1908 in the Yorkshire Gazette. See here

The Town Bellman/Crier

The quickest way of getting news round the town was via the 'bell man'. This was an official position whose duties extended to walking the streets, ringing his bell, and shouting the news. The Yorkshire Gazette of Saturday 12th July 1845 reports '… a little boy, about four years of age … was missing in the morning, and after searching for him all the day, the bell-man was sent round in the evening ...' Those who have held the position of bellman include:
1840 On Tuesday the 2nd inst., at New Malton, aged 79, Mr. Wm. Forster, shoemaker. He was bellman for the borough, and many years the leading singer at the Independent Chapel, and was much respected (death notice, Yorkshire Gazette, Saturday, 6th October, 1849)
1857 On Monday, aged 50, Mr. George Wells, fishmonger and town bellman, Malton (death notice, Leeds Times, Saturday 31st January, 1857)
Joseph Horsley was Malton Town Crier. He died on 15 March 1860 [1]. Inquest at Blue Ball Inn, aged 69, left house early in the morning for the purposes of crying ‘fish’ for Mr. Coates, the fishmonger. Got to the corner of Spital street and fell on to the stall of Mr. Etty, shopkeeper. Had complained of chest pains and leg swelling. Dr Hartley suggested he had died of disease of the heart [2].
Robert Coulson, cordwainer, became the town crier in April 1860, holding that role for thirty five years when on his death it passed to his son-in-law Barnby Knaggs. He was succeeded by Herbert Bullous who died in 1934 [3]

[1] Leeds Mercury, 17 March 1860
[2] Leeds Mercury, 20 March 1860
[3] Leeds Mercury, 9 April 1934

Malton Butcher’s Cricket Team

Cricket Malton Butchers v Westow_smallClick on the thumbnail to see the scorecard of the match played 28th May 1902 at and against Westow Names mentioned: C Coverly, B Nicholson, S Stockdale, Nendick, J Bradley, F Mitchelson, H Bradley, H Botterill, T Bradley, H Sturdy, HC Clapison. As reported in the Malton Gazette Saturday June 7th, 1902
Castlegate Magazine Club Run by RJ Smithson around 1900 this was a circulation list for magazines. Names on the list include: JJ Megginson, Mrs Abrams, Robert Bartliff, Mrs Cawood, Mr Hartley, Mr Slater, RTG Abbott, Thomas Hopkins, Mr Sadler, Ernest Russell, Chas. Russell, Mr Estill, Mrs Sherlock, Rev. Wright. See the rules etc here.

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