MALTON: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.
"MALTON, a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, which has great inns, in the road from York to Whitby and Scarborough, is 164 cm. 199 mm. from London. It is a populous Bor. tho' not incorporated, but only governed by a bailiff, and was heretofore famous for its vent of corn, fish, and country utensils. It has a stone-bridge over the Derwent, which was made navigable to this T. and from hence to the Ouse, by an act of Pt. in the 1st of Q. Anne. The T. is 4 furlongs in length, and divided by the r. into the Old and New Ts. which have 3 p.-Chs. Its Mts. are on Tu. and S. the latter the best in the Co. for horses, black cattle, and other commodities, especially tools for husbandry. The Lds. of the manor keep the Mts. by prescription. It had a castle in the R. of Henry I. of which some remains are still visible, and a mon. the Ch. of which is yet standing, though ruinous. Eustace Fitz-John, the founder of it, to whom K. Henry gave the castle, being disgusted with K. Stephen, suffered David K. of Scots to put a garrison into it, which so harrassed the neighbouring Ts. that the Abp. of York gathered an army, defeated the Scots, and burnt the T. Eustace being afterwards reconciled to the K. rebuilt it, from which it was ever after called New-Malton. The manor bel. afterwards to the Veseys, then to the Ewers, of whom Ralph Ld. Ewers built a noble seat here, in the R. of Ja. I. which was afterwards pulled down, because the heirs could not agree who should enjoy it. Will. Palmes having the manors of Old and New-Malton by marriage, sold them in 1712 to Sir Thomas Wentworth, whose son takes his title of Baron of Malton from hence. Here was a horse Fair from St. Matthew's-day to Michaelmas, but it was changed afterwards to Sept. 6. Its other Fairs are on the 2d M. after Easter, (procured, together with its Mt. on Tu. in 1670, by Mr. Palmes) and on Michaelmas-day."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]