Stretching from Butcher Corner in the direction of the Talbot Hotel, and originally a Roman road, Yorkersgate has (or has had) the most prestigious buildings in Malton including the Corn Exchange, York House, The Subscription Rooms (and Mechanics Institute), and a number of other prominent buildings recently occupied by banks.  The street is characterised by a general ‘Victorian’ look, though behind these facades are structures reportedly originating back to the 1600s and probably before.  Regrettably today, the brickwork has generally been stained by traffic pollution.  Yorkersgate runs approximately parallel with the river Derwent and a few properties had direct river access but Water Lane and other routes gave general access to the once bustling wharves and river front.
At their meeting on Wednesday, 29th May 1872 the Malton Board of Health agreed to flag Yorkersgate between Chapel Lane and Saville Street [1]
See the Gallery at the bottom of the page.
[1] York Herald, 1 June 1872

The Banks

The foundation stone of a new bank building (on the site of the old one) in Yorkersgate on Tuesday 10th July 1866 by Robert Hartley Bower, Esq. [1] In mid 1867 the buildings for the East Riding Bank were completed 'the splendid range of buildings erected for Messrs. Bower, Hall, and Co., in Yorkersgate, are now complete and will be opened for business of the East Riding Bank forthwith' [2]
[1] Yorkshire Gazette, 14 July 1866.
[2] Yorkshire Gazette, 27 July 1867.

The Malton Institute

The Malton Mechanics Institute (which later became the Malton Literary Institute) was established in June 1838. Its object was to promote the diffusion of useful knowledge among the working classes by the establishment of a library, by occasional lectures, and by instruction in the practical branches of art and science. The Theatre, in Yorkersgate, was converted into a lecture room. An early history can be seen here.

The Corn Exchange

Prior to the opening of the Corn Exchange many merchants carried out their business in the inns of the town. However a resolution was put to a public meeting in March 1845 'That in consequence of the increased facilities which the York and Scarboro Railway will afford to the trade and commerce of this district, and the consequent increased attendance which may be expected of both buyers and sellers in Malton market, this meeting deems it urgently necessary that steps be immediately taken for affording increased accommodation for business, and that for this purpose a Corn Exchange be erected, periodical wool and cattle markets established, and such other measures adopted as a committee to be chosen shall approve.' [1]
In October 1845, it was reported that 'numerous workmen are now busily employed in preparing a site for the erection of a Corn Exchange in Yorkersgate.' [2]
The Corn Exchange was opened on 18th April, 1846 and was deigned by A.L. Dickens, Esq., of Malton. Its dimensions are 60 feet by 30 feet. The opening was presided over by Lord Viscount Morpeth M.P. The Borough Bailiff, W.C. Copperthwaite read the rules by which the Corn Exchange would be managed, including stipulation that all merchants and dealers can become members of the exchange for an annual subscription of £1. Farmers could attend free. Opening hours on market days were 11-1 and 1-4. A public dinner in celebration of the opening took place at Mrs. Kimberley's Talbot Hotel between 3 and 4 o'clock. [3]

The Corn Exchange didn't seem to fulfil its original purposes for in 1850 it is reported as being converted into a theatre 'under the able direction of Mr. John Nelson, builder' [4]

[1] Yorkshire Gazette, 22 March 1845
[2] Yorkshire Gazette, 18 October 1845
[3] York Herald, 25 April 1846
[4] York Herald, 5 October 1850

Malton Picture Hall

Maltonians gained a cinema in 1915. They were treated to a popular selection of films including 'Pay Day' a 1922 short film written by, starring and directed by Charles Chaplin [1] A detailed history of the establishment and development of cinemas in Malton and Norton has been researched by Larraine Williams and can be seen here.
The building of the new Picture House in Yorkersgate, on the site of the Corn Exchange, is now proceeding apace. The demolition is practically complete, and the sites of two cottages have been taken in at the back. Building operations are also going on in Wheelgate, and a shop for Mr. Harry Fletcher, cabinet maker, is nearing completion. A cottage has also been built behind the shop [1]
All local lovers of the cinematograph will learn with interest that the new Exchange Picture Hall at Malton (pending an order from the Malton magistrates on Saturday, the 13th inst.), is to be opened on Monday, February 15th. For months past, workmen have been engaged on the deconstruction of the premises so well known as the Corn Exchange. As result of their labours, a complete transformation has been effected, and those who were familiar with the cold and cheerless conditions of the old building would hardly recognise it in its altered and comfortable appearance. The transformation is, indeed, striking, as the Corn Exchange was renowned for its coldness and forbidding aspect, and was regarded as something in the nature of a 'white elephant.' The corn merchants would have none of it, at Martinmas it was given a wide berth bu the majority of the farm servants, and it was relegated to the use of politicians of all shades of opinion, and for the holding of jumble sales or occasionally a poultry and cat show. Now it is pleasing to see the building performing a useful work in the town once more. The work of restoration has been complete in every respect and no expense has been spared. Fortunately, the alterations have not been confined to the interior, and the external improvements are a decided acquisition to the appearance of Yorkersgate. The heavy forbidding front has given place to an attractive facade, which, when illuminated, will prove a brilliant site. The entrance is charmingly arranged, being fitted with a mahogany front with swinging doors, whilst the floor is paved with black and white marble tiles, and the decorations of the entrance hall are tastefully carried out in white and gold. The interior presents a scene of luxury and comfort, and fully justifies the opinion of being one of the most up-to-date picture houses in Yorkshire. The screen is situated at the street entrance of the building, and the floor is sloped sufficiently to allow of a clear view being obtained from any part of the house. Seating accommodation is provided for 500 persons, and tip-up seats, upholstered in red velvet, are provided. The proscenium is carpeted, and the decorations of the walls and ceiling are executed in taste and harmony, and are a credit to the contractors. The exits are six in number. The hall can be cleared in two minutes, and as a Malton magistrate described it, 'The hall is the safest in Yorkshire.' The premises are practically fireproof, and the inhabitants of the district need have no fear in attending. One of the comforts essential to every place of entertainment is the heating, and in this the management have been successful in installing gas radiators, which will keep the building perfectly warmed. The lighting arrangements also leave nothing to be desired. A powerful Westinghouse electric generator has been installed, and the electric lights have been tastefully arranged. One of the latest and best projectors has been secured, and with up-to-date pictures, which the management intend to provide, there is no doubt that the Exchange Picture Hall will prove a tremendous 'draw.' The services of Mrs. Saville have been secured as accompanist. It might be added that the building has been equipped with up-to-date sanitary arrangements. The work has been successfuly carried out by the following:- Excavating and masonry, Mr. Anthony Lyons, Norton; Engine and electrical appliances, The Westinghouse Co.; Lighting, Mr. A. English, Leeds; and painting and decorating, Messrs. Allen Bros., Malton. In conclusion, a word or two about the 'bill of fare' may not be inopportune. The management intend to secure the most up-to-date pictures, and the opening of the hall is to be marked by the showing of two exclusives viz., 'Brewsters Millions,' and the 'Lure of London.' A continuous programme is to be provided, which will be changed twice weekly, while a matinee will be given every Saturday afternoon. From the above it will be realised that the Exchange Picture Hall is well equipped in every way, and a successful future may be safely predicted for it.[2]
Maltonians went on to enjoy all the latest films, including those starring Charles Chaplin as advertised in the Malton Messenger, 6 January 1923
[1] Malton Messenger, 6 November 1923
[2] Malton Messenger, 19 September 1914
[3] Malton Messenger, 6 February 1915

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The Malton Theatre

A theatre was opened at Malton on 19 November, 1823 [1]. Exactly where this was I have not established, but, it was under the management of a Mr. Smedley. The Rev. Binns preached a sermon 'in which he warned his hearers of the dangerous consequences which he thinks must ensue from an attendance on such places of amusement.' It is likely that The Theatre was in Yorkersgate since reports of the early days of the Mechanics Institute refer to the theatre in Yorkersgate being converted into a lecture room.

[1] Sheffield Independent, 6 December 1823

Freehold Property for Sale.

The majority of property in Malton was held by the Fitzwilliam estate. However, there were some freehold properties and these were usually keenly sought after. In February 1866, the property occupied by Messrs. Sewell, Grocers, in Yorkersgate was up for auction 'a VALUABLE FREEHOLD BUSINESS PROPERTY, consisting of a dwelling-house, shop, office,extensive Warehouses, out Offices, Cellars, Yard and Garden, situate on the South side of Yorkersgate, in New Malton, and extending from thence to the River Derwent, adjoining premises of the Earl Fitzwilliam on the East, and the East Riding Bank on the West …' [1]
[1] York Herald, 10 February 1866
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ALL those Valuable FREEHOLD DWELLING HOUSES, SHOPS, and PREMISES, situate in Yorkersgate, New Malton, aforesaid, respectively occupied by Mr. John Leefe, Tinner and Brazier, and Miss Spencer, Milliner, &c.
The Premises occupied by Mr. Leefe consist of front and back Shops, with large Cellars, Two Sitting Rooms, Four Bed Rooms, with Attics, and Two Kitchens. likewise, Two excellent Corn Chambers at the rear of the Premises, together with convenient Outbuildings.
The Premises occupied by Miss Spencer contain Front Shop, with Kitchen and Cellar underneath, Two Sitting Rooms, Two Bed Rooms, and Attics, with suitable Out-Offices.
The above Premises are most advantageously situated for Business, being in the best part of the town of Malton, and are free from Tithes and Land Tax.
Part of the Purchase Money may remain on Security of the Property if required ... ... ..
Malton 20th Dec., 1842.
Yorkshire Gazette, 31 December 1842
There will be a BALL at the Assembly Room, Yorkersgate, MALTON, on TUESDAY EVENING, the 23rd Day of February instant. Dancing to commence at Eight o'Clock precisely.
Tickets, Five Shillings each, (including Music, Tea, and Cards) to be had at Mr. SMITHSON's Printing Office, or of Mr. WILLIAM FLINT, at the Assembly Room.
Malton, 11th February, 1836
Yorkshire Gazette, 13 February 1836

Workman's Hall

This institution was opened on Monday night last, in a large room in Mr. Waud's yard, Yorkersgate when upwards of 100 members and friends of the society met together. It is formed for the purpose of enticing working men from the public-house, and directing their thoughts and pursuits in a higher channel than they could possibly run in an attendance to the beer-shop. A committee has been formed of working men, and the affair is likely to be successful. The room is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the table is supplied with newspapers, periodicals, &c. Coffee and refreshments are catered at a cheap rate, and the working man can now enjoy his pipe and at the same time indulge in literary pursuits and innocent amusements at the rate of one penny per week.
Yorkshire Gazette, 27 December 1862

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