04 August 2010
Malton has existed on two sites prior to where it is now situated. It has a rich history that started with an Anglian settlement, then a Roman fort north of the River Derwent called Derventio at what is now Orchard Fields, followed by a Viking village that grew into Malton. The village of Old Malton, an Anglian settlement, developed as the original town, around a Gilbertine Priory, fragments of which remain in the Church of St. Mary’s.
The present town of Malton is a busy market town with a street market on Saturdays and a twice-weekly livestock market. Farmers markets are also held regularly. An eclectic mix of architectural styled shops, inns, tearooms and restaurants surround the market place, in the middle of which stands St. Michael’s church and the old town hall. The newly refurbished Milton Rooms stages an annual arts festival and a range of acts throughout the year.
Another attraction is Eden Camp, situated just outside of Old Malton, on the site of a former prisoner of war camp. This unique museum, which won the England for Excellence Award in 1998, transports the visitor back to wartime Britain, where the civilian way of life during World War II can be relived.
Norton on Derwent lies to the south of the River Derwent and was linked to Malton as early as Roman times by a 15 foot wide bridge. Today it is noted as a centre for racehorse training, and horses can often be seen on their way to and from nearby gallops.
Malton Food Lovers Festival 2012