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The video below refers to Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire including, Old Malton and Norton on Derwent where we explore the idyllic Yorkshire food capital, and Malton’s surrounding settlements Old Malton and Norton on Derwent.

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Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

In this episode of Places to Visit in North Yorkshire, we are exploring the market town of Malton, including Old Malton and Norton On Derwent surrounding it. This market town is renown for being food focused and carries the title of Yorkshire’s Food Capital. However, Malton’s locally sourced foods is just the tip of the iceberg as the town once had a castle as well as a Roman fort. We discover the market place, streets, local landmarks and the castle area that makes Malton an intriguing town to visit. There is much more to Malton than food and drink, but it does help if you have a passion for good food. Welcome to Malton!

Malton is a North Yorkshire market town that is also known for being Yorkshire’s Food Capital. Every year, an annual food festival is held typically at the end of May. However, do not be sad if you have missed it this year because the town also boasts a monthly Food Market held every second Saturday of the month and consists of 35 specialist food stalls.

However, failing that, the main market square offers a weekly market between 9 and 4pm. Additionally, the town is adorned with independent retailers both food and otherwise, so no matter when you plan a visit you won’t be missing out. There are food tours available as well as gin tours too!

Getting to Malton

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

Getting to Malton is very easy by car as it lies beside the A64, the Leeds to Scarborough road. This road connects with major roads such as the A19, the A1(M), the A1079 and more. The B1257 from Stokesley and Helmsley also meets in Malton as well as the A169 to Pickering and Whitby. Parking is available in several locations such as the Market Place as well as Wentworth Street and Water Lane. At the time of producing this video, up to 2 hours free parking is available in the Market Place.

If you are travelling by bus, you can use the Coastliner service that runs from Leeds and York to Whitby as well as the Leeds to Scarborough services. During the summer there are also services to and from Filey and Bridlington too. The Castleline bus from Castle Howard and York also calls at Malton bus station. During the summer months there is also a Moors Bus service too.

At the time of producing this video, rail services connect Malton through Transpenine Express and Northern. The train operators are subject to change owing to franchising, but services run to Malton bound for Scarborough from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and York. You can also change at Scarborough for Sheffield, Hull and Bridlington. Both the bus and rail stations are just a short stroll into the town centre.

The nearest airports to Malton are Leeds Bradford in West Yorkshire, Robin Hood in South Yorkshire, Humberside Airport and Manchester Airport.

This is not an official guide to Malton, but this series will help you to plan a visit to Malton and other locations in North Yorkshire. When you come to visit Malton, all you really need is a healthy appetite and a love for good food! Let’s find out more about this extraordinary North Yorkshire market town as well as Old Malton and Norton On Derwent accompanying it.

Market Town

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

In Malton’s Market Place there are two distinct landmarks in this area. Our first is the Old Town Hall which was first commissioned in 1749 but has seen many changes over the years. It first began as a butter market as butter was produced by local farmers and sold here.

Just astride from the Old Town Hall is what you could describe as an art gallery. This wall art is a strong reminder that where your stood is strongly tied with good food. It stands to reason that a rural market town such as Malton can easily be described as a food capital. And what is Yorkshire renown for making? Well, the building on the opposite side of the road gives us clear instructions on how to create the perfect original Yorkshire pudding as described by Hannah Glasse. This came from her book The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy that was published in 1747 and it became the best selling book in her century.

Malton’s strong relationship with food isn’t anything new. Malton has always been a market town and its history reflects in the architecture, and even the Market Place itself stands testimony. It is just as much a market town today as it was back then. Having said this, Malton has a community both with residents of the town and the rural community that meet here.

It’s independent shops are in the shade of the second landmark, St Michael’s Anglican Church and is fittingly known as the church in the market place. The church dates back to 1150 A.D. and was established with another church St Leonard’s in Norman times we visit shortly. The original church, St Mary’s Priory is found in Old Malton that we also visit later. All three serve as historical landmarks in the area of Malton. 

The church casts its shadow over the car park as it towers above the market place. Malton is generally well equipped as far as parking is concerned albeit very busy during market days as well as the annual food lovers festival.

When we hear the term The Shambles we might think of York, but most historic towns and city’s had a Shambles including Malton. It was simply a place were meat was sold upon sheltered window ledges.  Although originally the Shambles was located at the north side, it is a fitting place to be as it is close to the Cattle Market. Cattle was slaughtered nearby and the fresh meat was sold in the shade of the canopies away from strong sunlight.

The Milton Rooms although a place of entertainment is also a landmark in itself. It is a venue for both professional and amateur arts and it also boasts the largest sprung dance floor in North Yorkshire, two left feet or not. Malton has two microbreweries and a Beertown Festival is held annually.

The historic commercial properties within the market town are decorated in pastel colours, sat in an oval around the church which adds to its character. They are almost laid out in an amphitheatre for the market. You don’t just know you’re in North Yorkshire, but you also feel it in Malton too.

The first recorded building in Malton was a Roman fortress north of the River Derwent built around the same time as the fortress in York during the first century. Much of the town came to fruition however in the 1100’s and the first record of it being a market town was recorded in 1283. However, in the 18th century, facilities were improved for the traders selling their wares. 

Heading down Market Street we are surrounded by charismatic shops, cafes and other businesses crafted out of locally sourced stone. These stone walls form a backdrop for the stunning floral arrangements adorning them.

One building you are bound not to miss is the pastel peach coloured building on the opposite side of Yorkersgate. York House is a venue for weddings but its history is thought to be as early as the mid 1500’s and was perhaps used as a customs house for international trade and other goods, hence why it faces the market.

Talbot Hotel and Food Court

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Another prominent landmark in Malton itself is the 17th century Talbot Hotel. Your first glimpse of the building may have been on your journey as you entered Malton on Yorkersgate. It was originally a riverside coaching inn but today it stands as a charismatic 4 star hotel that is bristling with historical value. This 26 bedroom hotel stands in attractive gardens made up of fruit trees and wild flowers and is in keeping with its style and history. It has been an inn since 1740 and was once a hunting lodge prior.  Today it is a warm eye-catching greeting as you enter Malton as well as an extremely comfortable place to stay. 

Talbot Yard Food Court resides on the opposite side of the road and this consists of six artisan producers including a gin distillery, gelateria (this is Italian ice-cream to you and I), butcher, baker, coffee roaster and a macaron maker.  Remember, Malton is Yorkshire’s Food Capital and its all about the fork when you visit.

First World War Memorial

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On entry to Malton on Yorkersgate you may have noticed the First World War memorial, which I personally think is the most aesthetic one I’ve seen. Of course, most city’s, towns and villages have some form of memorial. These crafted seats feature soldiers in full kit with the associated red poppies beside them. The poppies derived from the Flanders Fields in Belgium and featured in many of the soldier’s poems of the time.

Another 4 star hotel is the Mount Hotel opposite the Talbot. It was formerly St Michael’s School and has existed since 1870. Eventually the school moved to other premises and the building then was converted to a hotel. 

Malton Museum and Palace Theatre

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Yorkersgate forms part of the very busy crossroads that meet in the centre of Malton. It carries the traffic into Malton from the A64 from the southern side. At the crossroads it meets with the B1257 from Stokesley and Helmsley which turns a direct left towards Old Malton. The remaining road comes from the Scarborough side of the A64, bringing in traffic from the B1248. Therefore it is strongly recommended to use the pedestrian crossings available.

Yorkersgate is actually quite an astonishing street as far as historical concerns go. Not only have we two hotels, the food court, and a memorial but also Malton Museum fittingly resides here too. This fully accredited museum is run by volunteers as well as a part time project manager. The museum is free entry and open between Thursday and Saturday from April to November. The exhibits relate to the history and heritage of the area, from Roman times in fact, and the museum is financed with voluntary donations.

Originally the museum was situated in the Milton Rooms since 1935, but when exhibits increased it was then moved to the town hall until its current location in the Subscription Rooms built in 1814. 

Yet another structure I find of interest is almost next door, the old Palace Theatre. Today it is home to the so called world wide shopping mall known as The Lanes. However, The Palace is also a cinema showing the current films. The Palace is family owned and the building contains art deco character. One of the 3 screens apparently is the smallest commercial screen in the country. However, originally the building was a corn exchange until it became a cinema in the early 20th century. Unsurprisingly, it is a listed building having being constructed around 1845.

Before or after a screening, there are plenty of opportunities for an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink in Malton. Remember, its all about food and drink in Malton, being the food capital. 

Malton High Street

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Saville Street links the market place with Yorkersgate which also has some points of interest including the long established Harrison and Hargreaves. In 1910, a serious fire broke out in a hairdressers which spread to a diary shop below. Fortunately, other businesses were saved in time.

At the top of the street resides a bicycle shop and a cafe, but further down the street you will find the Wesley Centre. The Wesley Centre is not just a Methodist Church but also has concerts featuring such as Julian Lloyd Webber and Leslie Garrett in 2019, and also features exhibitions. The building was constructed in the early 1880’s by the Wesleyans.

At the top of Saville Street towards the Market Place, a Dispensary once existed that preceded the hospitals that were later established in Malton.

St Micheal Street links Saville Street with the busy High Street which hosts not only a popular cafe facing the bike shop, but also has a public service that appears in most towns and cities. This of course is a public library.

The library is under the care of the North Yorkshire County Council. It has free wifi as well as the opportunity to research family history, read books, gain Internet and computer access, use a study area and even print, scan and photocopy.

One of the most popular streets of course is Wheelgate, Malton’s high street. This street features some of the high street retailers and banks as well as bakery’s, Superdrug store and a Yorkshire Trading Store which is full of useful items and rural wear. Therefore Malton isn’t solely about independent shops but it comprises of a well balanced mixture of both.

The delivery office was built in 1911 marked by two also historic red phone boxes. The architect was Walter Potts and is a grade ii listed building. However, the post office prior to this building was situated on Yorkersgate. The Post Office counter is situated on the Market Place. In any case, it is nice to see red phone boxes that don’t have a defibrillator in them!

R Yates & Sons have been a presence in Malton since 1845 when Ralph Yates established a blacksmiths and foundry here. By 1895, the current building was built to be a warehouse, and as the business grew, by 1960 it changed its practice of manufacture to retail. The farming and rural store still holds strong today and there is also a fantastic garden centre facing opposite.

In our exploration of Malton, Old Malton and Norton we see the diversity of Christian religion that has dominated the scene from the areas beginning. This is owing to the plethora of churches here.

St Leonard’s Church and Malton Castle

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

Of course, the most obvious church is St Leonard’s Church aforementioned closely associated with St Mary’s Priory and St Michael’s. It was built by the Gilbertine order relating to St Gilbert of Sempringham, and both St Leonard’s and St Michael’s were built to ease St Mary’s Priory in Old Malton we shortly visit. The church was built around 1190.  The clock heralds the time across the town and it is more than likely one of the first focal points that catch your attention on entry and in the hills surrounding Malton.

Did you know that Malton had a castle? Just a few steps up the hill towards Old Malton you will see The Olde Lodge which is currently a hotel and a former Tudor mansion that arrived later after the castle. It was built on the west grounds of Malton Castle known as Orchard Fields. The first castle was built in wood and was situated in what is now Castle Gardens in 1138. It was later rebuilt in stone by 1189. It is in the same location the Roman fort Deventio was built of which plaque we see in a moment. The castle was important in the sense it welcomed both Richard the Lionheart in 1189 and Edward II in 1307. 

Next door is a similar looking building owing to its style which is currently the estate office. The Olde Lodge was built by Lord Eure in 1569 and remains and impressive structure and boasts 28 rooms in which to stay. 

Ryedale District Council obtained Orchard Fields in 1995 and of course the land itself was once the site of the Roman auxiliary fortress Deventio in AD71. In Norman times it was the site of the castle and later an Elizabethan house. Today it is a huge green area with picnic benches so if you have your own lunch or want to take a break this is an opportune moment. 

However, there is more to Orchard Fields than what is strikingly obvious. Excavations began in 1930 with Philip Corder and John Kirk, and this plaque was put in place that we see here. This area of course is still of archaeological interest today and you may observe excavation work in progress when you visit.

Walking a little further downhill you will find a tree lined walk that takes you to an entrance to a further garden on the right. This almost boulevard makes a very scenic if not shady walk especially in the summer time.

This garden takes you around the rear of the olde Lodge and of course is Castle Gardens. If you have a few moments it makes an interesting walk. As idyllic as this area looks, you cannot forget the enormous amount of history that is tied in with it.

You will find trees that are adorned with mosaics inset in the trunks, and you can walk around in a loop back to the way you came in. The Castle Gardens are free entry and they are maintained by volunteers. It has even attracted the interest of ITV’s Time Team.

Some of the paths around the gardens are laced in bark and weave you around the trees within the Castle Gardens. Sadly, although there is over 2000 years of history here, all that is left is the street name of Castlegate as well as some wall remnants. However, you will notice some interesting memorials to Malton’s Roman past upon them. This of course tests your skills in reading Roman! Can you decipher what this is telling you? In any case, the fort was known as Deventio and the Roman’s were interested in the area owing to the limestone ridge above the Derwent for defensive purposes.

No doubt the gardens, albeit in a town centre, will be a dwelling place for plants, birds and insects. Perhaps even a squirrel or two. Castle Gardens as well as Old Maltongate brings us neatly to the original settlement of Old Malton. Let’s walk through the arch and explore further.

Old Malton

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We might immediately come to the conclusion that Old Malton is a town but in actual fact it is simply a village a mile outside of Malton.   The village however makes its mark in the Domesday book under the name of Maltune which means Middleton in fact. Still, as you would expect, Old Malton came before New Malton we’ve just explored. 

In any case, you are greeted with some historic stone cottages which create an attractive village. You an imagine it being quite a desirable place to live even with the somewhat busy B1257.  Having mentioned this, if you need to cross this road, do it safely! As mentioned it is a busy link road, heading to the A64 and Pickering and also forms part of the bus route to Pickering, Thornton le Dale and Whitby. This is where Old Maltongate turns to Town Street when you arrive in Old Malton. However, don’t let this busy road deceive you, back in times past, this was a quiet village and the only traffic was the sounds of pedestrians and the horse with occasional cart. You can still see the farm outbuildings today.

St Mary’s Priory

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One of these buildings we’ve already mentioned, St Mary’s Priory. This impressive stone structure was built around 1150 by Eustace Fitz John of the Gilbertine order. After the dissolution of the monasteries, it was bought by Robert Holgate who was the master of the Gilbertine order. The church is the only structure left of the priory and Robert Holgate eventually became the Archbishop of York in 1545. He also established three grammar schools in North Yorkshire including one that we will shortly see as it was situated on the site of the priory.

The church is set upon a grassy church yard with headstones impressed against the stone walls of the boundary. We’ve seen many churches today as they deliberately tend to serve as obvious local landmarks and are of course historic buildings. This one in particular seems to quite an interesting one to take note of on your travels, especially when it was the original and oldest church in the area. Morbid as it is, you can also take a look at some of the headstones and find out who they belong to.

As idyllic as the grass is, you probably wouldn’t sit down and have a picnic but it is worth taking a look at the priory being an historic building. Without the ambience of the B1257, it must have been a very tranquil place to be during its heyday.

As mentioned, the former grammar school is just a short walk away as it was on the monastic site of Malton Priory. It was a grammar school until 1835 but this grade II listed structure is now two separate dwellings.

Other Buildings of Interest

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

If you desire food and drink (as many people who visit Malton do) there are two public houses the Royal Oak and Wentworth Arms in Old Malton. The Royal Oak is a traditional fireside pub with traditional pub food and of course a wide range of drinks available. There are also some tables and chairs to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.

The Wentworth Arms is not just a public house serving food and drink but it is also a place to stay too. It has a traditional theme to the public house as you would expect but it also has a modern twist with available wifi. Both pubs have a bus stop conveniently placed outside the front door which is extremely helpful after a drink or two. Under normal circumstances buses run either way one an hour.

Don’t forget to walk up the road from the Wentworth Arms and take a look at the thatched cottages. They are perhaps not the most photographed as the thatched cottage in Thornton le Dale, but they are very attractive and historic individual homes. Of course, the thatched roofs are not original as they have to be replaced periodically, but they are still very appealing to look at and make a great feature on any tin of biscuits! Wentworth relates to Thomas Watson Wentworth who was a politician who sat in parliament as well as the Baron Malton.

Just across the road is another community focused building being Old Malton’s community centre, a village hall if you like.  It is not unusual to have a village hall in historic villages and they serve as a communal meeting place for various functions and events. 

This road meets the A64 and continues to Pickering and a main road to attractions including Flamingo Land theme park and zoo. Of course, Pickering is well known for its heritage steam railway, castle and Beck Isle Museum.

However, Eden Camp is situated on the outskirts of Old Malton and is a very popular attraction. It reflects the plot of land that was once a prison of war camp for captured Italians and German’s in Europe and Africa.  You can see the large spitfires outside as well as other military vehicles. You will also notice the watch tower and other large artefacts pertaining to the Second World War.

So now that we have discovered Malton and Old Malton, we are now going to cross the slow moving River Derwent and discover Norton On Derwent. Don’t forget to look out for Owston Warehouse and you can still make out where there was a waterwheel. It dates from before 1790 and area was once known as Navigation Wharf. It was used for storing goods that arrived into Malton in its heyday and is currently being restored.

Norton is a much smaller town but still has an appealing high street, but we have to cross both the river and the York to Scarborough Railway line too! In fact, the railway station is our next port of call.

Norton on Derwent

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

Railways in Malton

Malton Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

Today the railway station resides on the York to Scarborough line but many of the trains to Scarborough begin at Liverpool Lime Street. Originally there was a junction at Rillington near Malton that continued to Pickering and Whitby which part of it is now the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You will have seen the level crossing and signal box if you have been in Norton. The box and station was built in 1845, the station being designed by George Townsend Andrews. In fact, many of the line side structures, stations and more were constructed the same year as the railway line itself. The station originally had a roof but was removed in 1989 and actually replaced with a canopy that was recovered from the former Whitby platform. A line also existed from Scarborough to Whitby and further North into Cleveland but this was closed during the Beeching cuts when the majority of unprofitable lines were closed. To get to Whitby by conventional railway today you would need to change at Middlesbrough and travel upon the Esk Valley line.

However, the bus station that sits on the boundary of Malton and Norton is of more modern architecture. It is also serves as a depot and has public toilets as well as an information office. The bus station is operated by Transdev that run the Coastliner buses between Leeds, York, Malton, Whitby and Scarborough with also an additional bus route to Filey and Bridlington in the summer. The bus to and from Hovingham as well as he Castleline bus to Castle Howard also operates from the bus station here. 

Using the buses and trains are oftentimes a good idea when the Food Lovers Festival and other events are operating. Of course, this is outside of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a tip, instead of waiting at the bus station or train station, there is a small green space with seating overlooking the River Derwent. This is a great place to sit and read a book or take the children when waiting for a bus or train.

Norton is actually an abbreviation of its full name, Norton on Derwent. Not unlike Malton and Old Malton, it resides in the Ryedale District.  The name Norton actually means north farmstead or village, or a settlement north of another. Again, it is mentioned in the Domesday book as Nortone and between 1894 to 1974, was part of the East Riding of Yorkshire. In 1974, these districts were abolished. 

Commercial Street Norton

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Probably the most interesting part of Norton to most visitors is Commercial Street. This long straight street comprises of independent retailers, pubs and amenities. Norton isn’t a market town like neighbouring Malton, but it still has great appeal.

Commercial Street is the high street of Norton if you like and takes us not far away from the bus and train stations.

Along commercial street you will find Norton Library which carries a selection of books and DVD along with information and other tools. In fact it carries much of the functionality as Malton library.

You might think that this building looks like a small branch line station, especially with the overhanging clock, but it is in fact Norton On Derwent Town Hall. This compact but impressive building may be small but then Norton is the smaller of the two towns.

Further landmarks and points of interest include, you’ve guessed it, further churches! This is Norton’s grade II listed methodist chapel that was established in 1804. In any town or village, and even city, churches often are the most notable landmarks in view.

Just a few more paces down the road is Norton on Derwent’s Methodist Church which is more of an attractive stone building with leaded arched windows. This looks more Ecclesiastical than the chapel and you can instantly recognised it as a church thought missing a steeple. However, these aren’t the only historic buildings in Norton as you can imagine.

Public Houses oftentimes serve not only food and drink but also serve as landmarks too. Pubs oftentimes carry a lot of history behind them as well as have an interesting story or two to tell. Sadly in recent times, many pubs close on a weekly basis which is why we should continue to support them. They tend to strengthen communities as a meeting place as well as host family events and celebrations such as weddings. The three pubs here will no doubt be a social hub for the local community as much as the visitors to Malton and Norton. Without the support of the local communities and visitors, these public houses will have no more interesting stories to tell.

As you’d expect, Commercial Street is exactly that, commercial. Norton has many independent traders such as this Trophy and Print shop. There are also butcher shops in the town that no doubt retail locally produced meats extending Malton’s food theme to the opposite side of the River Derwent. Again these retailers support the local communities and vice-versa and their customers also stretch into the rural parts of North Yorkshire too.

When crossing the road on Commercial Street, it is oftentimes safer to use the pedestrian crossings available as it can get extremely busy. This road is a major road leading out of Malton to join the A64 towards Seamer and Scarborough. Therefore it is important to keep hold dogs on a lead and keep children on the path. Short term parking is available on this street to access local shops.

Norton and Malton have several supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Lidl and other smaller local stores. However, these independent stores not only reflect local food but many other trades too including pet shops, lighting, home furnishings and more. 

St Peter’s Church

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Our last landmark church is the rather more grand St Peter’s but it is not situated on Commercial Street. We can find this on the turn off to Langton and Birdsall. 

The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Thompson in October 1889. The stone font is mount on a modern base, but the bowl is apparently from the 12th century. The organ has kind of an parallel to York Minster because they have both had organs installed by Harrison and Harrison who specialise in such. 

What is an interesting feature to this landmark is also the church house to the right of the structure. This is much more modern as it was built in 1937 but was requisitioned by Northern Army Command shortly afterwards and it became the officers mess. After the war however, electric lights were installed. 

This complete’s our exploration around Malton and Norton, we hope you enjoy your visit!

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