Next on your right is the Old Lodge
. Dated 1604 it was once the Gatehouse
for Lord Eure’s mansion built around 1569 that stood behind it. When his two nieces inherited the estate they could not agree as to how to share it so in 1674 the mansion was demolished by order of the court and divided stone by stone between them. The Old Lodge is all that remains; in 1690 weaving and linen cloth production were in evidence here and in the outbuildings. In 1996 under private ownership it was transformed into the charming hotel that stands today. It is said that the ghost of a ‘grey lady’ haunts the old chapel and one of the bedrooms.10.
Continue on past the row of cottages that house the estate office and turn right down the lane known as Orchard Fields
. This is the site of the Roman Fort, Derventio
, built AD 71; the history and findings are displayed on panels around the site which you may wish to browse. Behind the wall to the right of the path are the old Castle Gardens
where once a Norman castle and then Lord Eure’s mansion stood. They are sometimes open to the public. If so you will see the entrance gates on the right before you reach the exit.11.
Follow the path and take the exit at the far end of the lane onto the road then turn right down Sheepfoot Hill
. On the left you will see a row of cottages and beyond those is the King’s Mill
, a late 18th century corn mill that was destroyed by a fire and largely rebuilt in 1802. The river in that vicinity is believed to be where the Roman Ford
was, 15 feet in width and leading to Church Street in Norton. King’s Mill has been converted to flats on private land and there is no access to the river.12.
On the right you will see the fire station and from here as far as the playgroup at the end of this road, were the Workhouse
buildings. Continue along Sheepfoot Hill and you will see the playgroup at the end of the road on the right. The building was built on the site of the original poor house, Springhall or ‘Spike’
as it was known. Built in 1735 it was knocked down, rebuilt and enlarged in 1789 to make provision for 120 inmates. Malton Poor Law took over in 1837 when it was further altered and extended to provide for 160 inmates in addition to male and female infirmaries and a mortuary. Typhoid
came to the workhouse in 1932, possibly brought by a tramp from Newton on Ouse. 270 people in the town were infected and there were 27 fatalities including Dr G C Parkin aged 32 who had treated many of the ill. It took the town many years to recover. After the end of the workhouse system in 1930 it became a hospital under the old name of Springhall. Most of the buildings were demolished in the early 1950’s but some parts remain and can be seen in the present playgroup and fire station. 13.
Turn left and head over the County Bridge staying on the footpath. This stretch of river from here to the King’s Mill was known as the ‘English Jordan’ as Archbishop Paulinus
is said to have baptized the Saxon King Edwin of Northumbria and many of his subjects here in the 7th century. Baptism was revived here around 1825-30 when the Baptists became established in the town but this ceased on the installation of a well in their chapel. It was briefly revived once again in 1863 when a new sect calling themselves the Christian Brethren baptised their members in the river much to the amusement of the crowds that gathered to watch. 14.
There has been a bridge here from at least the 12th century, once the boundary for the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire. The Toll House
stood on the island in the middle and the inhabitants paid half rates to each county. They also ran a sweet and cigarette shop from the house; the building was still standing in the 1950s. The island was known as one of the ‘Derwent Islands’
and in 1862 engineers found footings of Flamvill’s hospice of St. Nicholas here. This was one of three hospices in Malton for feeding the poor, the other two were at Broughton and the Cross Keys Inn in Wheelgate; they faded out by 1640. Another railway bridge had been planned to cross the river here, the intention being to serve the gasworks that were opposite King’s Mill but this came to nothing. For over a hundred years the carters were kept employed transferring coal from the station half a mile away. 15.
Cross over the road in the centre of the bridge and turn left. At the end of the bridge turn right onto the footpath on Norton Road. Follow the wall of the river then take the Riverside Walk
on your right. . The riverside footpath was created in the 1980s and is part of the Centenary Way
that runs from York Minster to Filey Brigg. Note the iron plaques set into the pavement illustrating local interest themes. As you walk along look across to Chandler’s Wharf
flats where previously the warehouses of William & James Metcalfe
stood, millers, corn merchants and seed men they were later taken over by Headley Wise & Son
. Also on the site was the Albion Brewery
that was established in 1830 and closed in 1857. Taylor & Browns stands where the breweries old granary and malt house once stood.