Malton Businesses

Trade Directories

Although directories may have been compiled one or more years before their publication date they are a very useful source of information. The changing incidence of occupations over the years is an indication of how the town was developing. If you are interested in a family then these directories can supplement census information or help you locate somebody in the census. We are not aware of any directories devoted solely to Malton. We have transcribed a small number of Trade Directories. Click to view one of the following transcriptions:

Tradesmen in the Town

In the 19th and early 20th centuries the trades carried on in the town were different to what survives today as were the goods and services. A number of advertisements from local newspapers and also a small number of invoices and receipts have been collected and these are organised alphabetically by name of the business or surname of the trader. Click on the letter of the surname of the tradesman in which you are interested.



It was a relatively common occurrence for traders to become unable to pay their debts. The reasons included fraud, bad business practice, and misfortune (such as loss of stock through fire.) During the Victorian period commerce evolved considerably and attempts were made to reflect consequent changing needs in the bankruptcy law. In the period immediately before 1831 the management of the estate of a bankrupt was done by an assignee appointed by the creditors. For the London area, the 1831 Bankruptcy Act introduced the concept of a court appointed assignee, an Act of 1842 extending this to country areas. Formal bankruptcy could be avoided if either a certain majority of creditors (the definition of majority evolved with various legislation) entered a 'composition agreement' with the debtor where assets were sold and the proceeds used to pay the creditors so much in the £; or, entered into a 'deed of arrangement' whereby the debtor could continue trading, and pay his debts over an extended period. For the benefit of creditors, announcements were made in The London Gazette summarising the status of proceedings - extract of the entries 1820-1868 from the London Gazette. The Times, local newspapers and Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette also contain bankruptcy announcements.

Shopping Week April 1922

Originated by the Malton, Norton and District Chamber of Trade and designed to encourage 'shopping locally.' Article taken from the Malton Messenger

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