History of Malton & Norton

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Welcome to the history section of the web site, covering the period from Prehistoric times to the present day. The early history is provided by John Stone based on information from Gazetteers, documents, newspapers, cuttings and from local people. The history section is broken down into categories listed down the left hand side. For each category, we then list the related articles.Cattle Market- Malton- 1826

Malton is an historic, once-walled town in Yorkshire in the North of England, settled initially by the Romans in an easily-defended site adjacent to the river Derwent. Malton was in the historic North Riding of Yorkshire: its adjacent sister town of Norton was close by on the other side of the river but was in the historic East Riding of Yorkshire. Access between the towns in Roman times was via a ford. The town of Malton was founded in AD 71 and became in turn an important post for the defence of the area. The Roman Fort was somewhat removed from what is now the town centre: Old Malton Road extends NE past the site and is, as the name suggests, the road to Old Malton.
Malton was regarded as a strategic military location and was not vacated by the Romans until AD 429 after the near demise of the Roman Empire. Malton is also regarded as one of the most traditional towns in Yorkshire, with its open produce market and its still active cattle and livestock market. Malton has a long history as a place where country folk and farmers could sell their wares and buy all of their essential provisions, clothing, tools and implements.

Follow the History trail from Romans to William the Conqueror, all the way to the events of 1800's and 1900's. Discover the old Inns and Public Houses and the many streets, shops and businesses.

New for 2008 we have a section on the History of Norton, and the various commercial trades of the area, plus an insight in the various Horse Racing establishments and Trainers of Malton.