Malton is a vibrant, historic market town in North Yorkshire, England.
Dating back to Roman times, it is situated north of the River Derwent, neighbouring the town of Norton-On-Derwent to the south. Located some 18 miles from York to the west, and 23 miles from Scarborough on Britain’s eastern coastline, Malton borders the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also situated less than ten miles from the North York Moors National Park, one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Malton has a population of approximately 5,000 people.
The town is steeped in history. Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor, stemming from his close friendship with Charles Smithson, a solicitor based at offices in the town’s Chancery Lane. Smithson first met Dickens while he was in London during his legal training and a life-long friendship ensued – and there are echoes of the Malton connection in several Dickens novels. In July 1843 Dickens stayed for three weeks at Easthorpe Hall, Smithson’s home near the town. Dickens wrote: “. . . this is the most remarkable place of its size in England, and immeasurably the most beautiful.”