Scandal at the Workhouse
In October 1901, the Board of Guardians revealed that the Workhouse Master, Mr. William Copley, had 'falsified accounts and submitted fictitious receipts'  Unsurprisingly he was suspended, and pleaded guilty at York to three charges of falsifying accounts. He was sentenced to three years' penal servitude and on hearing that broke down 
 Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 21 October 1901
 Yorkshire Evening Post, 28 November 1901
At the Malton Board of Guardians' Meeting on Saturday, an application was received on behalf of a woman aged 86 years of age to be admitted to the Workhouse as a paying guest. She is a native of Malton and her daughter wrote that she wanted a room to herself.
The Clerk said the Workhouse was not a lodging-house, and there was no accommodation.
The application was refused.
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 21 June 1920
Happenings at the Workhouse
In 1899, an inmate of the Malton Workhouse, named Edward Medd, 72 years of age, has just had £200 left him by a deceased sister. On hearing the good news Medd forthwith discharged himself from the house, and the guardians have resolved to claim from him the cost of his maintenance therein .
In 1909, the then Workhouse Master, Mr. William Sherwood, committed suicide and was found dead in the store cupboard, having taken carbolic acid. He left a note to his wife in which he regretted his gambling. The jury at the inquest found he had committed suicide during temporary insanity .
 The Midland Daily Telegraph 28 February, 1899
 Dundee Courier, 16 October 1909
State of the Workhouse 1818
Proceedings of Committee appointed to enquire into the state of Spring Hall, Malton - Spring Hall 5th November 1818
The above committee inspected the state of the bedrooms and found all clean neat and in order … … The present inmates of Spring Hall consist of, the Master, his wife, and four children, one of whom is 12 years of age, the others 10, 5 and 3 years old. Also 37 Paupers … … The Master is also allowed a salary for the support of himself and family of £35 per year. The Master and his family also earn at his Trade of a Weaver about 5/- per week.
[Then a list of the Master’s expenditure over the last year including Clothing of the Master, his wife and family £12]
[Then a menu for the week, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper]
The present Master has had the management of the workhouse during 11 years and was ? of £20 in money ? furniture on entering to the ? and during that time he has incurred a debt of £180 towards which the Parish have allowed him at various times the sum of £70, and he is now indebted to sundry persons to the amount of £100.
The 37 Paupers are listed together with their ages as:
Men: Robinson 91, Watton 83, Yeoman 82, Watson 78, Hawkswell 77, Wray 77, Fenton 76, Eller 74, Cave 71, Gibb 70, Atkinson 68, Taylor 62
Women: Kinber 70, Atkinson 58, Wilson 49, Walkington 35, Gordon 21, Daltree 60, England 13, Steward 11, Steward 6, Bradley 9, Bradley 7, Moore 62, Frank 67, Farrer 28, Steward 3, Bradshaw 13, Allan 14, Welbank 14, Walkington 9, Wilson 9, Walkington 2, Turner 28, Turner 3, Turner ¼
(Transcribed and published with permission of the North Yorkshire County Record office ref: ZPB X11 8)
GUARDIANS AND THE BIRCH-ROD
At the Malton Board of guardians on Saturday Sir William Worsley presiding, the Workhouse Master reported that a lad of 13, named Gray, had, when out of the Workhouse on leave th previous night, stolen a bicycle from a house in the town, and had taken it to the Workhouse. The owner did not wish to prosecute, and, as the lad was very unruly, the Master suggested the Guardians should order a birching for him. Colonel Legard proposed that he be given six strokes with a birch-rod and sent to the training ship “Exmouth.: Mr. Heseltine seconded. Mr. Plowman proposed and Mr. A.J. Taylor seconded, that the birching be omitted. Mr. Plowman asked if the birching would be on the bare body, or with the clothing on! The Workhouse Master said on the bare body. Mr. Plowman: “The dark ages! We are going back to the dark ages!” (Laughter.) On the voice being taken there were 20 guardians for the birching and only 6 against. The Chairman: I am afraid we have gone back to the “dark ages.” (Laughter).
York Herald, 11 December 1899