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Malton village

History of Malton

For a history of the ‘disappeared’ village of Malton:

W.M. Palmer wrote in 1923 (Camb Chron):

Malton was once a good sized hamlet but a few years ago the remains of the moated manor house was the only house remaining. Malton Church was still standing in 1743 and Cole gives a sketch of it, but now only a bit of the wall remains and the churchyard is part of the rickyard.

One man named William Gedney carried on the profitable but dangerous employment of receiver of stolen goods here in 1438. To him the proceeds of the robbery of Kneesworth chapel and of the goldsmith at Arrington Bridge were brought. large portions of the hamlet were enclosed in 1493 from which time the depopulation dates. Soon after that date all the owners were bought out by the Countess of Richmond and the estate given to her newly founded college, now known as Christ’s College, Cambridge. In her will she expressed the wish that the house should be used as a retiring house when there was plague at Cambridge.


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