Historically, Butcher Corner has been known as ‘Post-Office Corner’ and then ’Draper’s Corner’ [1]. It has continued to be ‘the most congested place for traffic in the town’ [2] with frequent accidents and prosecutions for loitering and obstruction.

‘… … amongst an assemblage of loiterers congregated near that favourite haunt the Butcher-corner … …’ [3]

‘The corner is the resort of idle and unemployed men and lads, and serious complaints are frequently made of the annoyance to ladies and others … … The bench intimated their determination to put down the nuisance … [4]

STREET CORNER LOAFING
At the close of the police business at the Town-hall on Saturday Col. Legard said he wished to make some remarks as to the practice of loafers standing about at the Butcher-Corner. Complaint had been made to him about this practice, and he himself noticed the same faces there day after day - some of them men who, he should think, would not do an honest day’s work if they had the chance. He thought if the police were to give some attention to the evil it might be lessened … … Supt. Silversides readily promised acquiescence.
York Herald, 11 June 1894


[1] York Herald, 28 December 1888
[2] York Herald, 10 August 1891
[3] York Herald, 26 July 1845
[4] York Herald 5 March 1864

A Man named Walker, with his son, was driving down Wheelgate, Malton, in a spring cart, when the horse was startled and dashed down to butcher-corner. The horse attempted to turn up Yorkersgate, but too late, and smashed into the large plate-glass window of Messrs. Snow and Son, drapers. The man and boy were both thrown through the window, and were seriously hurt by the glass. The man had his left shoulder dislocated, his arm broken, one hand cut, and also had a nasty cut several inches long across the lower part of the back. The boy was badly cut on the head, and was for a time insensible (Leeds Times 15 Feb 1896)
A cable was suspended from the bank to Messrs. Laverack's shop and a powerful lamp affixed to illuminate Butcher Corner.
Malton Messenger, 2 September 1922


MM 11 August 1923 The Bank Holiday motor traffic through Malton constituted a record, the census of motor vehicles kept by the police at Butcher Corner showing 3,191 vehicles, or over 1,000 more than the last record. Such a number is indicative of the popularity of the motor as a means of transit and it also is a striking example of the efficiency of the police on point duty inasmuch as not a single accident occurred.

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