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How Did This Happen?

The Malton and Norton Heritage Centre is the home of the Woodhams Stone Collection, a local history collection based in the small North Yorkshire market towns of Malton and Norton. The collection is the life’s work of Sid Woodhams and John Stone who have both generously donated these items to the town so they can be made accessible to the general public. Sid and John can tell you better than we can as to how this all started. Artefacts from local businesses, printed matter associated with businesses and social events in Malton, Norton and Old Malton with the focus on the period 1900 - 1960 - but you might find some items are older than that! So take a few moments to hear about it in their introductiry video 'in their own words'.

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In Their Own Words

The Collection

The Woodhams Stone Collection consists of 1000s of items. There are so many that we cannot display them all at the same time. We are cataloguing them and have divided them into four 'collections' (Malton Postcards, Norton Postcards, Social History and Ephemera). We have photographed and annotated a selection from each collection so you can see them on this website. Click on Collections in the menu bar above.


Where we have researched aspects of the Victorian and Edwardian history of Malton we have summarised this in one of our 'Education Sheets'. Wherever possible we quote our sources at the bottom of each Education Sheet. All information is correct to the best of our knowledge. You are free to use this information in your private research. If you want to use it for any other purpose please contact us. We are always pleased to hear from those who have knowledge about the history of Malton or Norton - so do please get in touch. Click on Education in the menu bar above.

Malton and Norton Heritage Trails

Look out for our 'We're on the Heritage Trail' window stickers! The twin towns of Malton and Norton host some wonderful buildings, many of which have stood for 150 years or more! Our heritage trails give insight into some of the stories behind these buildings and the businesses that have occupied them. Follow the trail on mobile devices as you walk around or do it from the comfort of your armchair! A BIG thank you to our launch sponsors Linton Pet Shop and W. Clifford Watts. Click on Heritage Trails in the menu bar above.

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Support Us

If you would like to help us generally in preserving the Woodhams Stone Collection for future generations then you can become a Volunteer. We're also always looking for volunteers to help us catalogue the collection, design our exhibitions or help us at our social and fundraising events. If you have a few hours each week or month, pop in or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page. We also welcome donations, which can be made via the GiftAid scheme - see the bottom of this page to donate by PayPal.

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Have you visited the Malton & Norton Heritage Centre 'Research Notebook?' Here you will find information that may help you research aspects of family and local history, particularly in the Victorian and Edwardian period. The information has at this stage got a Malton bias due to the fact that we have 'inherited' the information previously made available at (now retired).

You will find information transcribed from traditional sources, for example censuses and trade directories. You can also see advertisements of property sales and images of advertisements by local tradesmen taken from the local newspapers. We have also built our own indexes, for example births, marriages and deaths announced in the local newspapers ... and a lot more! Click on Research in the menu bar above.

Our News

We put our news here - the latest news at the top, so please scroll down to see older items.

New Sponsor for Malton Heritage Trail

Saturday 1st June 2024

Today we are very pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Malton Heritage Trail for the month of June by Townsend Harrison, Chartered Certified Accountants. They have been based in Malton for over 21 years. Their current business premises at 13 Yorkersgate, were constructed in 1871 and originally occupied by John Staniland, a prominent Malton watchmaker and jeweller. It is thought the upper floors were at one time a hotel. You can learn more by clicking on location 31 on the Malton Heritage Trail map.

New sponsors and More Yorkersgate Locations Added to the Malton Heritage Trail

Tuesday 30th April 2024

We’re delighted to announce the sponsorship of the Malton Heritage Trail for the month of May by Hardcastle France, chartered accountants. This coincides with local and community history month and we thank them for their generous support.

We’ve been conscious that the trail has focussed on the centre of the town so are pleased to be able to add the following Yorkersgate locations (marker numbers in brackets). 7 Yorkersgate, The Malton Messenger, founded in 1854, was printed here (36); 11 Yorkersgate, home of the Leefe family ironmongery business for over 100 years (32), 13/13a Yorkersgate, built as a house in 1871 and first occupied by jeweller and watchmaker John Staniland (31), 15 Yorkersgate, until fairly recently occupied by chemists & druggists (30); 17 Yorkersgate, in the 1890s another ironmongers before becoming a stationery shop (29); 33 Yorkersgate, a series of saddlers ran their businesses here from mid-Victorian and possibly earlier times (19);30 Yorkersgate, an iconic building built in 1844 for the Malton Savings Bank (22); 8 Yorkersgate, Thomas Taylor extended his Castlegate grocery and provision business by opening a confectioners and café here in the early 1890s (34); 6 Yorkersgate, Abraham Goodair Fowles moved his tailoring and outfitters business from Castlegate to here in the early 1890s, the premises later becoming Chas. Ashworth’s butchers shop (35).

5 New Castlegate Locations Added To The Malton Heritage Trail

Sunday 21st April 2024

Castlegate has we are sure many tales from the past to tell so let’s get some of them on the Malton Heritage Trail today! We have added (locations in brackets) 14-16 Castlegate, from the 1860s a grocery store later incorporating a café (33); 18 Castlegate, the birthplace of Robson’s garages (34); 62-64 Castlegate, for a longtime home of bakery/confectioners businesses, followed by White Rose Saddlery (36); 70 Castlegate, in the 1890s a drapery business whose owner died after falling from his saddle whilst out on his rounds (37) and finally, 47 Castlegate, once used by the gas company as their showroom and foreman’s house (39) Do take a look at these on the trail map by following the link below.

Have you taken the Malton Heritage Trail yet?

Sunday 14th April 2024

We’re updating it with another 4 locations today, do take a look at these (map marker numbers in brackets) Snow’s drapery stores once at Butcher Corner but demolished for road widening more than 50 years ago (32); Greengate House, once the home of Richard Snow and where Charles Dickens visited his nephew Alfred Dickens (39); the site of the Cottage Hospital in Princess Road now where the retirement flats are, and, 53 Market Place where Rounthwaite & Woodhead are now but formerly the home of a dairy products business (87)

4 New Wheelgate Locations Added To The Malton heritage Trail

Sunday 7th April 2024

4 New Locations Added to the Malton Heritage Trail! They are all for lower Wheelgate, numbers 1-13. These bring the trail total now to 86. The map is getting busy but we are edging towards that magic 100! The new ones are (map location numbers in brackets) no. 3, once the home of chemists Wray & Thompson (54); no 5 for a long time a hairdressers, then Humphreys grocery store followed by Currys when they were just a cycle store and now Card Factory (55); nos 7-9 became The Yorkshire Penny Bank in the late 1920s, which experienced several mergers before closing in 2021 (56); at no 13 for around 40 years the Adam family ran a glass & china business, before moving on to selling furniture; more recently it became a launderette and then St. Catherine’s Hospice charity shop (58). We have also updated location 53 with a new image from the early 1900s. Have a look at these locations on the trail and see the ‘then and now’ pictures.

3 New Locations Added to the Norton Heritage Trail

Tuesday 2nd April 2024

It’s been a little while since we expanded the Norton Heritage Trail so we have added 3 more today! The additions are, with map markers as follows: (10) Beechams Pharmacy - once Boots/Timothy Whites; (29) The Old Vicarage in Langton Road; and, (41) the Railway Crossing. Each of these has a fascinating past, do take a look! See the map by following the link here

6 new locations added to The Malton Heritage Trail

Monday 11th March 2024

It’s time to add a few more locations to the Malton Heritage Trail! Today we are adding: two locations, 29 & 30 in Railway Street - The Old Biscuit Mill development and the Bridge to the Railway Station; two locations in Saville Street, 68 & 71 - The Wesley Centre and ‘Susies’; and, Hope Cottage and the top of Wentworth Street, locations 40 & 41 respectively. Do take a look!

New Sponsor for Malton Heritage Trail

Friday 1st March 2024

We are delighted to welcome R. Yates and Sons Ltd. as sponsors for March of the Malton Heritage Trail. The business dates from 1845. Ralph Yates was apprenticed to Joshua Marshall who had an iron foundry in Carpenter’s Yard. Ralph took over this business in the 1850s and gradually acquired the patterns used by other foundries in the town as their proprietors retired or died. The business expanded into Railway Street and became the dominant foundry in the town, employing at one stage in excess of 60 people. Watch this space as we will be adding more locations to the trails later this month. Not done the trails yet? Then follow the link below.

New Sponsor for Malton Heritage Trail

Thursday 1st February 2024

We are delighted to welcome The Patisserie as sponsors for February of the Malton Heritage Trail. While the business has been established in Malton for 13 years now, the building has been around for a lot longer and once housed the Malton Dispensary - an institution where those who could not afford to see a doctor could get free medical care. Watch this space as we will be adding more locations to the trails later this month. Not done the trails yet? Then follow the link below.

New Wheelgate Locations for the Malton Heritage Trail

Friday 19th January 2024

Given that our sponsor for January is Parnaby’s Country Clothing & Footwear it’s fitting that we are able to add 6 new Wheelgate locations to the Malton Heritage Trail this month! Each of these has a fascinating past so do take a look!: The marker numbers are: (41) Istanbul Barbers - see why this building was named ‘Leeds House’; (44) Leoni Coffee House - a butcher’s shop for 100 years before becoming Leoni’s in 1996; (46) Halifax - once the home of Malton’s first weekly newspaper (47) fonehouse - an ironmongers for over 100 years and site of Malton’s first Boots Pharmacy; (55) Ashley Cooke’s - where Mr Thompson, one of the many drapers in the town was the first occupier and named it Commerce House; (56) Boots Pharmacy - one two separate houses and the office of the Malton Farmers’ Manure Company whose manager lived next door. By the way, Parnaby’s is at location 38. See the map by following the link below

New Sponsors For Our Heritage Trails

Monday 1st January 2024

Let’s start by wishing all our supporters a happy and healthy 2024! Today we are pleased to welcome new sponsors for our Heritage Trails: Parnaby’s Country Clothing & Footwear (Malton trail) and WattsMix (Marshall Quarry Products Ltd) (Norton trail). We would like to thank them both for their support. Watch this space as we will be adding more locations to the trails later this month. Not done the trails yet? Then follow the link below.

Passing of Brigit Forsyth

Thursday 7th December 2023

We refer to the sad passing of Brigit Forsyth (who played Thelma in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads; Madge in Still Open All Hours and in Coronation Street as one of Ken Barlow’s clients when he tried his hand at being a male escort). She was born in Malton and delivered by her grandfather Dr Noel Forsyth who gives rise to the link with Forsyth House in Malton Market Place and which has a very strong medical connection! See it on the Malton Heritage Trail - map location 11!

New Market Place Locations for Malton Heritage Trail

Friday 1st December 2023

We’re delighted to announce that Kemp’s General Store and Book Shop are continuing their sponsorship through December. To coincide with this we are adding 4 new locations to the Malton Heritage Trail: (11) Forsyth House; (12) St. Michael’s House; (56) 46 Market Place and (63) The Milton Rooms. Each of these has a fascinating past, do take a look! See the map by following the link below

Malton St. Clement’s Festival - We’ll Be There

Thursday 23rd November 2023

Did you know that St. Clement is the patron saint of blacksmiths? This Saturday (25th) Malton is hosting an inaugural St. Clement’s Festival with varied activities throughout the day including crafts, music, light show, late night shopping and of course all supported by the town’s splendid range of eateries. We at Woodhams Stone will have a stand displaying a number of metallic objects with associations with the town. Do come and see us!

For timings etc click on the link below

New Sponsors For Our Heritage Trails

Wednesday 1st November 2023

Today we welcome new sponsors for our Heritage Trails: Kemps Books and Kemps General Store (Malton trail) and Bright Steels (Norton trail). We would like to thank them both for their support. Watch this space as we will be adding more locations to the trails later this month.

Could You Take-up A Month’s Sponsorship Of One Of Our Heritage Trails?

Monday 23rd October 2023

We invite local businesses or individuals with strong local connections to sponsor one of our Heritage Trails. This is a great way of showing your empathy with our local heritage and of course you will be helping us maintain and house The Woodhams Stone Collection. One month’s sponsorship costs £60/£45 for the Malton/Norton trail respectively. We acknowledge all such support on our ‘landing page’ where we can incorporate logos and simple slogans etc. We will also announce your sponsorship on Malton and Norton Memories, the Facebook page which our volunteers administer. If you can help us in this way please get in touch via our contact details at the foot of each of our web pages.

Heritage Trails Re-launched

Friday 29th September 2023

We are ‘up and running’ with our Heritage Trails, and, we’ve 'gone digital!’ See our interactive maps on our website and learn about the local heritage in terms of the history of our buildings and the businesses who have occupied them over the years. Look out for the 'We’re on the Heritage Trail’ window stickers!

We are making some changes to our Heritage Trails

Friday 15th September 2023

We’re working hard to tweak our Heritage Trails to a new format and will soon announce further details of this. We also have some new locations planned! Watch this space!

Could You Volunteer For Us?

Thursday 31st August 2023

We are a publicly recognised organisation looking for a number of volunteers to work with us in this group. Our activities are concerned with the maintenance and development of a large collection of materials comprising historical artefacts, ephemera and images. These items, whose care is our priority, are continually increasing in number and they cover a wide spectrum of local interests. There are a range of different activities that need to be covered by volunteers and skills in any one of IT, documentation, fundraising, and administration would be welcomed. If needed, appropriate training can be given.

If you are interested please contact us using the email address or our postal address at the bottom of this page. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our New Website

Wednesday 30th August 2023

We have applied a new template to our website, please bear with us while we address one or two ‘teething problems’!

You Won’t Believe What We Found Today!

Saturday 11th February 2023

Our cataloguing of the Woodhams Stone Collection continues. Lurking in a box was this wonderful Edwardian gentleman’s razor complete in its original case and with protective razor blade cases for those dangerous double edged blades!

Contact Us

Contact us by email
The Woodhams Stone Collection is a Registered Charity No: 1177312
Our address:
Malton & Norton Heritage Centre
2 Buckrose Court Commercial Street
Norton YO17 9HN

The Malton and Norton Heritage Centre is currently closed to visitors. If you have a research related enquiry please use our email address.

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Please Donate

The Woodhams Stone Collection is entirely run by volunteers and is housed in the Malton & Norton Heritage Centre. A donation however small would help towards our running costs and the purchase of archive quality materials required to store and preserve the Collection for future generations. If you should decide to donate via the PayPal button neither you nor Woodhams Stone Collection will be charged a fee for this donation.

At the end of the transaction you will be asked if you wish the payment to be made as part of the GiftAid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer and able to do this it means that Woodhams Stone Collection can benefit by an additional 25% of your donation.

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Malton & Norton Memories

This group is for those who are interested in life as it used to be in the twin towns of Malton and Norton. It is chiefly a showcase for photos and items from the Woodhams-Stone Collection but you are welcome to post any comments, memories or photos you may have to share.

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