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About the Norton Postcard Collection

These postcards date from around 1900 and illustrate various aspects of local history including main shopping thoroughfares and street scenes, church and chapels, schools and horse racing stables.

Examples are arranged here in 'galleries'. Click on any one to see an enlarged version and associated description. The collection has duplicates of many of these cards and dates given are taken from the earliest postmark.

Norton Street Views
  • Langton Road (1)
    Langton Road (1)
    An early 1900s scene. Taken at the front of St. Peter’s Church and looking towards St. Peter’s Lodge - c1916 WS ref MALWS.2018.1411
  • Mill Street
    Mill Street
    Mill Street was known as Green Lane until 1857. At one end, Victoria Mill was constructed, hence the current name. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1396
  • Park Road
    Park Road
    Park Road formerly known as Love Lane. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1399
  • Sutton Street
    Sutton Street
    The bottom of Sutton Street is pictured, before many new houses were built on the open ground in front of this row - c1921 WS ref. MALWS.2018.1409
  • Welham Road
    Welham Road
    Taken near the Bark Knotts Terrace / Springfield Garth junction, looking towards Whitewall - c1928 WS ref. MALWS.2018.2182
  • Little Wood Street
    Little Wood Street
    In the distance, at the end of Little Wood Street, the original Hyde Park public house can be seen - c1913 WS ref. MALWS.2018.1403
  • Scarborough Road (1) c1942
    Scarborough Road (1) c1942
    The Public House on the left was originally the Blue Bell until 1857 when it was renamed Balaclava after the Battle of Balaclava. It closed in 1972 and was renamed Priorpot House. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1385
  • Church Street c1964
    Church Street c1964
    The Majestic Cinema on the right closed in the mid 1950s. The building on the left is the old police station and court house later becoming Bower’s Garage, now demolished WS ref. MALWS.2017.664
  • Langton Road (2)
    Langton Road (2)
    This road was once called Wold Road and leads to the village of Langton. The horses in the photo are racehorses from one of the many racing stables in the area. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1273
  • Commercial Street c1913
    Commercial Street c1913
    The building on the left with the chimneys was Norton Bower Parochial School built in 1873 and extended in 1899. The library now occupies this site. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1276
  • Scarborough Road (2)
    Scarborough Road (2)
    The house behind the trees was the Council Buildings. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1379
  • New Housing Estate c1964
    New Housing Estate c1964
    This view is taken looking towards Howe Road and the Grove. J Lowe, is the newsagent on the right.WS ref. MALWS.2018.1395
  • Eastfield c1941
    Eastfield c1941
    This estate was built in the 1940s. The area in front of the houses is now St George’s Field with a football pitch and play areas. WS ref. MALWS.2018.1397
  • The Grove
    The Grove
    St Peter’s Church is in the distance. This area is completely built up now with more housing WS ref. MALWS.2018.1398
Norton Buildings and Features
  • The Buckrose Hotel
    The Buckrose Hotel
    In 1899, the Buckrose Hotel and the adjoining shops were built in Commercial Street by Henry Searle. The shop next to the Buckrose Hotel was operated by Searle and known as the Times Store. WS ref: MALWS:?.?
  • The Racecourse c1904
    The Racecourse c1904
    The Racecourse was situated near Howe Hill. The building in the photo was the Weighing Room and still stands today. WS ref: MALWS2017.246.2
  • St. Peter's Church c1907
    St. Peter's Church c1907
    The site in Langton Road was given by Mr R Wyse of Auburn hill and the first part was completed in 1894. The nave was extended and the church tower was added by 1909 in memory of King Edward VII. WS ref: MALWS2018.1480
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Commercial Street
    Wesleyan Chapel, Commercial Street
    Named Trinity Chapel this was opened in 1858 and has not altered much externally apart from the little porch at the front which has been removed. WS ref: MALWS2018.1486
  • Whitewall Racing Stables c1921
    Whitewall Racing Stables c1921
    The famous trainer John Scott had his stables in the mid 1800s here WS ref: MALWS2018.1401


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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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