About the Ephemera Collection
The Woodhams Stone Collection holds thousands of receipts and invoices relating to local businesses, including some fantastic decorative bill heads. The majority of these date from the 1890s to the 1960s. There are also posters for social events, dances, theatre productions, sales and auctions. A number of newspapers are represented including the Malton Messenger and the Norton Chronicle.
A very small selection of these items are shown on our 'Ephemera Wall' below. The full collection is available to view by appointment.
- William Snow, draper, invoice 1928William Snow & Sons, invoice 1928, an established business by 1844. Their store was known as 'The Fashion Corner' as they occupied, 1,2,4 Yorkersgate and 8 Castlegate round to the corner of Wells Lane. They also sold haberdashery, drapery, carpets and rugs. The shops were demolished for road widening in 1967. WS ref: MALWS.2015.757.58
- Majestic Cinema, NortonThe Majestic Picture Theatre on Church Street in Norton was opened in 1923. The cinema was finding it difficult to compete with the much improved Palace cinema in Malton and visitor numbers declined. It finally closed its doors in 1955 and the building was later demolished. WS ref: MALWS:2017.717
- Co-op, advertisementThe Malton & Norton Co-operative Society came into being on 21st March, 1901. The initial premises were the rental of an old brewery at 56 Castlegate. In the early 1920s they purchased 'Wheelgate House' and the 21 cottages behind known as Wheelgate Square WS ref: MALWS:2019.464.1
- Charles Rose & Co, brewers, advertisementCharles Rose & Co took over the Old Brewery in Castlegate in the 1890s until 1965 when it was sold to Tetley Walker Ltd. It survived until the 1980s and was demolished in 1984. The buildings that survived have been converted into offices. WS ref: MALWS:2016.376.3
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Malton & Norton Heritage Centre
3 Commercial Street
Norton YO17 9HX
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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.