Norton Trail. Start on County Bridge point 21 on the Malton walk. Cross the
bridge and the rail level crossing keeping to the left down Church Street.
A. St. Nicholas’s Church
Now home to the Derwent Pool and Fitness Centre. The mediaeval church on this site was demolished in 1814, rebuilt, and then demolished in 1901. Walk along the main shopping street (Commercial Street) to reach B.
B.C.D Trinity Chapel, Bethel Chapel, Old Court House
Further along you pass Norton Trinity Chapel (B), opened in 1858, and Bethel Methodist Chapel (C) built in 1864. On the right-hand side is the Old Court House built in 1902 (D) now the home of Norton Town Council.
E. Salvation Army Citadel
Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Turn right up Mill Street where you will see the Malt Kilns (X) now an industrial park and opposite “The Hyde Park”, turn right through the entrance in the wall into Little Wood Street. On route just before joining Wood Street you will see the marvellous mansion Wellington House (Y) and the early industrial development of Bright Steels (Z). Continue along Wood Street and you pass the Salvation Army Citadel (E), where General Booth preached.
F. St. Peter’s Church
At the end of the street turn left onto Langton Road. This is the area in which George Formby lodged in while training as a jockey. Here you can see some stunning 19th century housing. Walk on to view St. Peter’s Church (F) and grounds. The first part of the church was finished in 1894 and finally completed in 1911.The adjoining Church House is used for functions varying from brass band concerts to Bric-A-Brac auctions.
G&H Beck Mill and Pond
Cross over the road into St Peter’s Crescent and follow the road down to the bottom right-hand corner. Take the footpath until you meet St. Peter Street. Cross over & continue along the footpath taking the first path on the left. At the end of this path you see Beck Pond (G) on the left and Beck Mill (H). The original mill was mentioned in
the Domesday book. The pond area is now conserved as Lakeland Gardens.
End of Norton Walk
Carry on up the track to Welham Road, there you turn right and return to County Bridge. Head towards the left of the bridge where you will find Norton Road just beyond the level crossing. This brings you to the end of this walk you can return to the Malton start via the station.
See also the Malton Trail