The Malton and Norton Heritage Centre is currently closed. We will announce our exciting plans for the future shortly.
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Malton and Norton Heritage Trails - October 2022

Following the success of our Malton and Norton Heritage Trails last year we will be running these again from 1st to 28th October. Both Trails have been expanded, with 66 locations on the Malton trail and 39 on the Norton trail. Look out for the information sheets in shop windows and at other locations. Maps can be seen and downloaded by using the buttons below. Alternatively, scan the QR code shown on any of the information sheets. Enjoy!

Download the Malton Heritage Trail map
Download the Norton Heritage Trail map

Two New Fundraising Initiatives

We need some help! The Woodhams Stone Collection is cared for at The Malton and Norton Heritage Centre. It’s a small museum and open to all with no admission charge. There isn’t room for a shop or café so we are entirely reliant on donations from those with empathies for the local heritage of Malton and Norton and an interest in preserving the Collection for future generations. We are sure that you will feel able to help us meet our running expenses by participating in our two new fundraising activities.

Adopt An Object!

Not quite ‘adopt a rhino’ (we don’t have any) but a great opportunity to become associated with one of our objects and commit to ongoing support of our efforts. You can do this for the price of a monthly coffee! You can come and meet your adoptee at one of our ‘adoption events’. You’ll be acknowledged if the object goes on display and also on our website. What’s more you’ll get a complimentary subscription to our Friends group! See our Explanatory Video and our Adoption Gallery

Buy A Print!

The Woodhams Stone Collection cares for an extensive archive of historic images of Malton, Old Malton, Norton, and many Ryedale villages in bygone times. The subjects are varied and include street scenes, churches, schools, river scenes, the railway, and public events. Shortly a selection of these images will be available to view online, with the option to purchase a professionally produced print (in a range of sizes, on high-quality photographic paper) to be posted to you. Ideal as a treat for yourself, or a gift for others. Remember to revisit often – more images will be added over time. See our Explanatory Video and our Buy A Print Galleries

Christmas Quiz Time!

We have put a number of quizzes together for your amusement over the festive period. Trivia quizzes are a great way of entertaining family or friends. Quizzes work well 'virtually' too when you can't get together . They are free to use but we would of course appreciate a small donation. You can do this by scanning the QR Code on each quiz or by following the 'Please Donate' instructions at the bottom of this page. There's even a quiz for those who think Christmas is all too much!!

General Knowledge (Q)
Carols - Solve the Anagrams (Q)
Just for Kids (Q)
What's the First Line/Title (Q)
Bah Humbug! (Q)

And the Answers!

We hope you are enjoying the quizzes! You can see all the answers here by downloading the answer sheets below and please, if you are able to do so a small donation would be very much appreciated.

General Knowledge (A)
Carols - Solve the Anagrams (A)
Just for Kids (A)
What's the First Line/Title (A)
Bah Humbug! (A)

Fundraising and Treasurer Roles

New Year ... New Interest ... New Challenge? 2022 will be an important year for us at The Woodhams Stone Collection. We are looking for individuals who can help us continue to maintain this unique historical insight into social and commercial life in Malton and Norton. Specifically we are looking for an individual with experience of fundraising in the charity sector to help us build and execute a strategy to ensure future activities are sustainably funded. We are also looking for somebody with financial knowledge to take on the treasurers role, leading our financial reporting and planning. To perform this role ideally you will have a financial qualification and experience of the charity sector. Both these roles are voluntary and offer exciting opportunities to become involved with the Collection and potentially become trustees. For an informal discussion about either of these opportunities please contact us using our email address woodhamsstonecollection@gmail.com

Passing of Sid Woodhams

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of the founders of the Woodhams Stone Collection. Sid Woodhams passed away on the 10th March a week before his 84th birthday. He will be greatly missed by all the team at the Woodhams Stone Collection. The trustees of the Woodhams Stone Collection pay tribute to Sid for his dedication to the organisation founded in his name and his generous support that will ensure his beloved Collection will be available to the community in Malton and Norton for many years to come. A celebration of his life will be planned for later this year. (11th March 2021)

Taking on MaltonHistory.info!

We are delighted to be 'inheriting' the information from the MaltonHistory website. This has become a valuable resource for local and family historians. It now has a secure home under the Malton & Norton Heritage Centre umbrella where it can continue to grow. This, and more can be seen under the 'Research' menu item. It is expected that the MaltonHistory website will be retired at the end of 2020. (15th November 2020)

Object of the Month

Each month one object or subject from the Woodhams Stone Collection is featured on this page. The objects are chosen by one of our volunteers, trustees or visitors and are accompanied by research about the use and historical context of the object. We are also interested in what factors made them choose it!

Comments including additional information on any of these objects are very welcome - please use our contact details at the bottom of this page.

November - Holloway's Ointment Pot

This little object – less than four centimetres tall – is an ointment pot which once contained the world famous Holloway’s Ointment. The transfer print on the pot depicts Hygieia, the Greek goddess of hygiene and cleanliness, seated with her brother Telesphoros, the god of convalescence. He carries a sign which says “Never Despair”. On her other side is the single snake from the staff belonging to her father, Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Holloway’s initials TM are embossed in the bottom of the inside of the pot.

Holloway’s ointment made enormous claims. Our little pot claims to cure gout and rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads and bad legs. However, this is quite modest as in advertisements Holloway’s ointment and pills also claimed to cure burns, cancers, fistulas, glandular swellings, lumbago, piles, sore throats, scurvy, tumours, cuts and wounds as well as chest problems, skin diseases, snake bite, depression, children’s ailments, “youthful indulgences” and “all the maladies to which females are liable”. Analysis of the ointment seems to indicate that the ingredients were unlikely to actively cure anything, but they caused no harm – unlike some other popular quack medicines of the time. Find out more

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Object of the Month - November 2020

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Object of the Month Holloway's Ointment Pot
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This little object – less than four centimetres tall – is an ointment pot which once contained the world famous Holloway’s Ointment. The transfer print on the pot depicts Hygieia, the Greek goddess of hygiene and cleanliness, seated with her brother Telesphoros, the god of convalescence. He carries a sign which says “Never Despair”. On her other side is the single snake from the staff belonging to her father, Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Holloway’s initials TM are embossed in the bottom of the inside of the pot.

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Thomas Holloway was born in Devonport, Devon in 1800. He began selling his ointment in 1837 – the first batches being made, so it is said, in his mother’s kitchen. It is reported that he sent his brother to pharmacies to ask for Holloway’s Ointment and then followed him after having proved the demand! He placed his first advert in three Sunday newspapers in the same year he started the business. Unfortunately, he spent too much on advertising and in 1839 he ended up in Whitecross Debtors' prison. However, he repaid his debts and never got into debt again. He established his business first at the Broad Street Buildings in London, later moving to the Strand and then, at the end of the 1860s, to 533 Oxford Street - where our pot came from.

Holloway’s ointment made enormous claims. Our little pot claims to cure gout and rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads and bad legs. However, this is quite modest as in advertisements Holloway’s ointment and pills also claimed to cure burns, cancers, fistulas, glandular swellings, lumbago, piles, sore throats, scurvy, tumours, cuts and wounds as well as chest problems, skin diseases, snake bite, depression, children’s ailments, “youthful indulgences” and “all the maladies to which females are liable”. Analysis of the ointment seems to indicate that the ingredients were unlikely to actively cure anything, but they caused no harm – unlike some other popular quack medicines of the time.

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By 1845 Thomas was spending £10,000 a year on advertising. This grew to an incredible £50,000 a year by the time of his death in 1883. He advertised in newspapers, on trade cards, envelopes, drawing books, stamps and metal tokens. His adverts were known all over the world. He even put up advertising hoardings on the Great Pyramid and at Niagara Falls. He became a multi-millionaire and one of the richest men in England.

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He married Jane Pearce Driver in 1840. After their marriage proved childless, they decided that they would use their great wealth for philanthropic purposes. They built the Holloway Sanatorium at Virginia Water and, under Jane’s influence, they built Holloway College for Women at Egham, now part of the University of London. Neither of them saw the buildings opened. Jane Holloway died in 1875 and Thomas Holloway in 1883. He died of congestion of the lungs. He remained suspicious of doctors to the last. The business continued into the 20th century, finally being bought out by its rival Beecham’s Pills in 1930.

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Contact Us

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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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