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We are very sorry to say that owing to a shortage of volunteers the Malton & Norton Heritage Centre will no longer be open on Saturdays. It will however, be open each Thursday from 10am to 3pm, starting Thursday 24th June!

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.

  • Alfred Wood, grocer, receipt 1900
    Alfred Wood, grocer, receipt 1900
    Alfred Wood, Grocer, Old Malton, receipt 1900 WS ref: MALWS2015.936
  • G. Longster, florist, paper bag
    G. Longster, florist, paper bag
    G. Longster, Florist, Malton, paper bag WS ref: MALWS2015.935.23
  • G. Longster, florist etc, invoice, 1943
    G. Longster, florist etc, invoice, 1943
    George Longster, Nurseryman, Florist etc, invoice 1943 WS ref: MALWS2015.935.14
  • Charles Galtry, tailor etc, paper bag
    Charles Galtry, tailor etc, paper bag
    Charles Galtry, Tailor, Hosier & Hatter, Malton, paper bag, moved from premises in Saville street to Wheelgate in 1901 His wife Mary opened a ladies fashion shop in Market street in 1922 WS ref: MALWS2015.766.1
  • T. Mennell, sadler etc, invoice 1946
    T. Mennell, sadler etc, invoice 1946
    T, Mennell, Saddler, Harness Maker & Collar Maker, Dealer in Leather Goods, Market Place, Malton, invoice 1946 (succeeded his father William) WS ref: MALWS2015.1187.6
  • Henry Smithson, printer, bookseller
    Henry Smithson, printer, bookseller
    Henry Smithson was a printer and bookseller in Yorkersgate in the 1850s. They acquired a second office in St Michael Street in the 1930s.
  • William Snow, draper, invoice 1928
    William Snow, draper, invoice 1928
    William 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
  • Frank Yorke, joiner, advertisement 1890s
    Frank Yorke, joiner, advertisement 1890s
    Frank Yorke, Joiner, Carpenter, Cabinet & Picture Frame Maker, Newbegin, Malton, advertisement c1890s had moved to York by 1901 census WS ref: MALWS2016.166
  • JC Wilson, glass & china dealers, label
    JC Wilson, glass & china dealers, label
    JC Wilson, Glass & China Dealers and Artists Colourman, 58 Market Place, Malton, label WS ref: MALWS2016.673
  • Chas Rose, brewer, Christmas messgae 1902
    Chas Rose, brewer, Christmas messgae 1902
    Chas Rose, Brewer, Malton, Christmas message, December 1902 Chas. Rose & Co acquired the Old Brewery in Castlegate late in 1893. Tetleys acquired this company in 1969. WS ref: WS2016.689.1
  • G. Longsrer, florist etc, advertisement
    G. Longsrer, florist etc, advertisement
    Longster & Sons, Nurserymen, Seedsmen & Florists, advertisement, showing shop on corner of Railway street & Yorkersgate WS ref:
  • Holden's bakery, paper bag
    Holden's bakery, paper bag
    Holden's Bakery, Newbiggin, Malton, paper bag WS ref: WS2016.1364
  • Hudson's, gramophones, records, paper bag
    Hudson's, gramophones, records, paper bag
    Hudson's 43/45 Wheelgate, Gramophone & Record Shop, paper bag. This shop had multiple departments eg ironmongers WS ref: WS2016.1368
  • Berry's, music store
    Berry's, music store
    Berry's, Market Place, Malton also known as the Criterion Music Saloon, sold pianos too WS ref: WS2016.1369
  • £1 bank note
    £1 bank note
    £1 Bank Note issued in 1816 by Pease, Dunn & Pease whose partnership was dissolved in 1821. They had another branch in Driffield. WS ref: WS2017.180
  • Bowers Restauraunt and Ballroom
    Bowers Restauraunt and Ballroom
    Bowers Restaurant & Ballroom, Finkle street, Malton, Advertising Card c1970s Home of dances, wedding receptions etc WS ref: 2017.385
  • NEEB, contact card
    NEEB, contact card
    North Eastern Electric Supply Co, Yorkersgate, Malton, consumer contact card. This was the local electricity supply company before nationalisation in 1948 and later became the North Eastern Electricity Board. WS ref: WS2017.423
  • Bowers Bacon Factory, business card
    Bowers Bacon Factory, business card
    Bowers Bacon Factory, Scarborough Road, Norton, business card WS ref: WS2017.518
  • Norton Wesleyan Mutial Improvement Society, poster
    Norton Wesleyan Mutial Improvement Society, poster
    Norton Wesleyan Mutual Improvemnt Association poster advertising sermon & lecture. Believed to have been founded in 1876 WS ref: WS2017.656
  • Majestic Cinema, Norton
    Majestic Cinema, Norton
    The 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
  • Malton Theatre Royal, poster
    Malton Theatre Royal, poster
    Malton Theatre Royal poster 1880 WS ref: WS2018.563.1
  • Malton Messenger
    Malton Messenger
    The Malton Messenger was founded by Henry Smithson in 1854 in his office on Yorkersgate.. Henry Smithson died in 1879 and the business was carried on by his brother Richard and later by other members of the family.
  • Edward Longbotham, chemist & druggist, receipt
    Edward Longbotham, chemist & druggist, receipt
    Edward Longbotham, General Druggist & Manufacturer of Soda Water & Lemonade, Yorkersgate invoice 1854 WS ref: MALWS.2019.854.1
  • Lowes, newsagent, advertisement
    Lowes, newsagent, advertisement
    Lowes was a newsagent in Howe Road, the family had a second shop in Commercial Street. The Howe Road shop was known locally as Trappers. This originated from a man who worked there for many years called Harold Stephenson whose nickname was Trapper.
  • JR Jefferson / DS Blair, business transfer
    JR Jefferson / DS Blair, business transfer
    JR Jefferson, butcher, announcement of taking the business of DS Blair, Saville street WS ref:
  • Richard Horsley, cycle dealer etc, invoice 1903
    Richard Horsley, cycle dealer etc, invoice 1903
    Richard Cross Horsley, Cycle, Gun & Ammunition Depot, Wheelgate, invoice 1903. Mr Horsley manufactured bicyles and was a keen road cyclist competing in races. WS ref:
  • WS ref: MALWS:2019.313
  • JD Dennis, haulage contractor, advertisement
    JD Dennis, haulage contractor, advertisement
    JD Dennis, haulage contractors
  • Co-op, advertisement
    Co-op, advertisement
    The 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, advertisement
    Charles Rose & Co, brewers, advertisement
    Charles 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
  • Biscuit Factory, product list
    Biscuit Factory, product list
    Malton Biscuit Company product list WS ref: MALWS2019.1485
  • Edwin Whisker, confectioner, invooice 1909
    Edwin Whisker, confectioner, invooice 1909
    Edwin Hickson Whisker, Confectioner, 3 Saville street, invoice 1909, succeeded by his wife WS ref: MALWS:2019.499
  • Boulton & Cooper, auctioneers, invoice 1926
    Boulton & Cooper, auctioneers, invoice 1926
    Boulton & Cooper, Auctioneers, Valuers & Stock Salesmen, invoice 1926 WS ref: MALWS2016.153.24
  • Thomas Baker, printer, invoice 1930
    Thomas Baker, printer, invoice 1930
    Thomas Baker, Printer, Bookbinder, Stationer & Newsagent, Church street, Norton, invoice 1930. Publisher of Baker's Chronology WS ref: MALWS2016.1797.1
  • Barr, Brown & Co ltd, timber merchants
    Barr, Brown & Co ltd, timber merchants
    Barr, Brown & Co ltd., English & Foreign Timber Merchants, Derwent Saw Mills WS ref: MALWS2019.217
  • John Read, ironmongers, receipt 1920
    John Read, ironmongers, receipt 1920
    John Read & Co, Ironmongers, Plumbers, Glaziers, Whitesmiths, Bellhangers,Wheelgate & Railway Street, Malton receipt 1920 WS ref: MALWS2019.547.1
  • George Inman, butcher, invoice, 1903
    George Inman, butcher, invoice, 1903
    George Inman, Butcher, Saville street, Malton, invoice 1903 WS ref: MALWS2019.592
  • John Farrow, painter & decorator, receipt 1864
    John Farrow, painter & decorator, receipt 1864
    John Farrow, Painter, Gilder & Paper Hanger, Market street, receipt 1864 WS ref: MALWS2019.963
  • Thomas Buxton, iron founder, receipt 1862
    Thomas Buxton, iron founder, receipt 1862
    Thomas Buxton, Iron & Brass Founder, Malton, receipt, 1862. Foundy was in Yorkersgate. WS ref: MALWS2019.967
  • Jackson & Sons, plumbers etc., invoice 1843
    Jackson & Sons, plumbers etc., invoice 1843
    M. Jackson & Sons, Plumbers, Glaziers & Dealers in Glass, China & Earthenware, Wheelgate, invoice 1843 WS ref: MALWS2019.1393
  • JA Dean, butcher, receipt 1895
    JA Dean, butcher, receipt 1895
    JA Dean, Butcher, St Michael street, Malton, receipt 1895 WS ref: MALWS2019.1461.2


Contact Us

Contact us by email
Reg'd Charity No: 1177312
Our address:
Malton & Norton Heritage Centre
3 Commercial Street
Norton YO17 9HX

Our opening hours are:
From Thursday 24th June we are open each Thursday from 10am to 3pm

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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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