Saville street links Yorkersgate with the Market place. The buildings are dominated by the two chapels: the Methodist chapel originally built by the Wesleyans, and the Independent chapel. Both were built in the early 1800s. The Dispensary, the forerunner of any hospital in Malton was at the top of Saville street.
In March 1910, a serious fire started on the premises of Mr Brown, hairdresser, etc., corner of Saville street and Yorkersgate. Spread to Mr Dodsworth's house and into Mr Byass's dairy shop below and there seemed every prospect of spreading to Mr Soulby's wine and spirit shop below, and Mr Dodsworth's furniture shop next door. Both were saved. Mr Soulby and Mr Brown were insured, Mr Byass lost all his stock and was not insured. 'If any generous people feel disposed to help him in his distress we shall be glad to receive and acknowledge any amounts that may be sent to Messrs. H. Smithson & Co., Messenger Office. Malton Messenger 5 March 1910.
Mr Soulby was able to advertise in the Malton Messenger of 12th March 1910 that 'The business will be CARRIED ON in the premises in Saville street as usual during repairs.'
It may have taken Mr. Brown a little longer to find alternative premises as he is advertising in the Malton Messenger of 19th March 1910 that he has opened in Railway Street.
Edwin Whisker, and later his wife, ran a bakery and confectionery business in Saville-street. The advertisement here, for the sales of fixtures and fittings in the shop and bakehouse appeared in the Malton Messenger, 15 July 1922.
What follows has been taken from Thomas Baker's '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!
Perhaps Saville Street is the most altered street in Malton, though it is not of the length of some of the other streets in the town.. On the right hand side as you look towards the Market Place from Yorkersgate, the shop now occupied by Messrs. Blair and Sons, was then tenanted by Mr. Robert Nelson as a saddler's shop. The Temperance hotel next door had Mr. Kidd for a tenant, and the adjoining house and shop by Mr. Thomas Calvert, a tailor, who did a good business in ready-made clothing. On Mr. Calvert's removal to the premises at the bottom of the street, Mr. John Sedman took over the vacated premises, and part of the house was sub-let to Mr. John Estill, solicitor, as an office. Between this property and the Wesleyan Chapel lived a herbalist named Douthwaite, who also had public vapour baths. The two chapels - Wesleyan and Congregational - are the same as in 1860, though internally both have had structural alterations made. Adjoining the latter was the Public Dispensary. The opposite side of the street has been almost entirely rebuilt. Formerly the sites now occupied by the Farmer’s Dairy Company, Smiths (dyers), Coverly and Yates, was the Angel Inn and its stables. To enter the inn by the front door you had to mount three or four steps, and the stables extended to the road leading to the back way to the Royal Oak. From this road access was given through an archway to the back of the Angel Inn, yard, and stables. Prior to 1860 the Angel Inn was tenanted by my maternal grandfather, Robert Groves, who also drove his 'fly-boat' twice a week to Hull. My father and mother were married from this inn, and I have often heard my mother speak of the exciting times they had at the inn during the time the Malton and Scarborough Railway was under construction, for there was a lot of men employed in excavating, etc. Mr. 'Dick' Barker followed my grandfather as landlord. At the other side of the road leading to the Royal Oak was a butcher's shop belonging to Mr. Tom Morrell, and later by Mr. William Blanchard. There were two or three small shops one of which was occupied by Mr. George Fields, who carried on a combination of toy shop and barber. Then there was a wall extending to the top of the street, which encircled some gardens belonging to Mr. Frank Langbourne.
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