Malton’s History

Malton is located on the River Derwent, surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors in one of the most beautiful parts of Yorkshire


Historically the town was famous most notably for its Roman history, Charles Dickens association and its strong connection with horse-racing. In Roman times it was one of the most important settlements in the north of England with a strategically important cavalry fort. This equestrian link continues to the present day with Malton’s excellent reputation for breeding and training race horses.

Interestingly, Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to Malton and he based Scrooge’s office in A Christmas Carol on offices in Chancery Lane, which is now the Counting House museum.

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The architecture of the town is a mix of Georgian and Victorian styles although the basements and footings of most buildings are medieval. With its delightful architecture the town has a charming old world feel that includes some 150 listed buildings.

Malton has always been a working market town and that has never been truer than in the present day. There is a regular livestock market, a traditional market every Saturday and a new Monthly Food Market. The town is filled with charming independent shops as well as some high street favourites and, for shopping ease parking is now free in the Market Place for two hours.

In recent years Malton has developed a growing food and drink scene with famous food festivals, restaurants, Made in Malton producers, cookery school and food tours. Antonio Carluccio even christened the town, “Yorkshire’s Food Capital!”