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Maltonians - K

Samuel King

When I was a boy we had many a hard row on the river up the rapids towards Old Malton, past the Doodles, which then were full of mystery to me, to Wykeham, where the Derwent and the Rye combine their forces. On this expedition, King's Mill and Orchard Cottage (the house which Mr. Samuel King then occupied) were conspicuous objects, just after passing what I believe has been a ford from Roman times. Still the older men in the town give the name "Jordan" to it, and the historian says that this designation originated in the days when Paulinus baptised Maltonians in the river. But that is another story. I am concerned now with the late Mr. Samuel King - tall, thin, white-haired, one of the fathers of our town, who lived to be eighty-eight years of age, and when he died was lamented by a large number of people in Malton and its neighbourhood. By trade, Mr. King was a corn miller and factor, and it is one of the commercial disappointments of the locality that in late years he felt unable to continue his business. Mr. King was also closely connected with the Malton Gas, Light and Coke Co., having taken shares in it shortly after its formation, the year before Queen Victoria ascended the throne. He was secretary and manager for some time, and in 1880 was elected a director, along with Messrs. W. Simpson, Wm. Metcalfe, Henry Pickering, W.G. Searle, John Staniland, and W.H. Rose. He succeeded Mr. Simpson as chairman of directors. A son of Mr. Samuel King is now one of the directors of the Malton Gas Co., and thus continues the family connection with industrial Malton. Another son resides in York. If I remember right, a daughter married a son of Mr. Bradley, who succeeded Mr. Barnby as the proprietor of the old Malton Gazette. Mr. King's connection with the local government of our town began in 1855 with his election to the Local Board of Health, which he served as member or chairman until the Board was given up in favour of the Malton Urban District Council in the year 1894. He was one of a committee to carry out the water supply and drainage of the town, in which work his energy was boundless. If the present generation finds faults in the system, Malton still owes its thanks to those gentlemen who did a very difficult piece of work with less opportunity and information than is available for their successors of to-day. The Board of Guardians was another public body on which Mr. King served. These interests, along with his participation in the work of the Camalodunum Lodge of Freemasons, which he joined in 1856, practically absorbed the whole of Mr. King’' time. He was always most conscientious and painstaking in the work he undertook. If he did not possess any striking originality, his lavish expenditure of time and energy upon public business certainly entitles him to the grateful remembrance of all Maltonians.

SPECTATOR Bygone Maltonians, XI, Yorkshire Gazette, 21st December 1912

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William Wells King

A well-known native of, and almost life-long resident in, Malton, Mr. William Wells King, died 3 November, 1903, aged 74 years. Mr. King was formerly in business with his uncle, Samuel King, a corn factor and miller in Malton. Deceased, who had been ailing for some time, died very suddenly. Mr. King was an old Freemason, having joined the Camalodunum Lodge in 1868. He was senior Deacon in 1872, and was subsequently Worshipful Master of the lodge for two years in succession. Report: Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 4 November 1903

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Lots of information about who lived here and where! Families, Malton Butchers Cricket Team, Malton People Database, Memories of Malton, Charles Dickens Connection, Town Bellman, Town Crier, Wives Wanted, Malton in the 1840s, Census including some transcriptions, 1858 List of Voters for St. Michael's, Earl Fitzwilliam Rent Accounts, Newspaper announcements of births, deaths and mariages

The Town

What was the town like in Victorian and Edwardian times? Where is/was that street? House numbering, Malton in the 1840s, Planning & Building Control, Toilets in Chancery Lane, Streets Butcher Corner, Castlegate, Greengate, Market Place, Middlecave, Newbiggin, Old Maltongate, St. Michael Street, Saville Street, The Mount, Wentworth Street, Wheelgate, Yorkersgate, York Road, Peasey Hill, Planning & Building Control, Town Guides Old Pictures and Maps, Walks around the town take in a bit of history! Land Hearth Tax, 1873 Return of Owners of Land, Property, North Riding Register of Deeds, Finance Act 1910


What businesses and industries were here? Trade Directories, Photographers, Undertakers, Apprentices, Banks, Breweries, Local Traders and Advertisements, Bankruptcy, Malton and Norton Cooperative Society, Longsters, Fitch & Co, Thomas Taylor, Public Benefit Boot Co., Shopping Week 1922, The Manure Company, Biscuit Mills, Milling, Iron Foundries, Ralph Yates, Industrial Safety

Topics & Events

What happened here both locally and in response to wider events? Baker's Chronology, New Malton Spa, Emigration, The Telephone Comes to Malton, Cemetery, Horse Procession, Coronation of Queen Victoria, 1937 Coronation Celebrations, St. Michael's School, Racecourse, Emigration, Malton Golf Course, Sebastopol Cannon, Middlecave Windmill, Traffic, Theatre, Queen Victoria's Jubilee, Coronation of Edward Vll, Longster's Spa Garden, Curling, Talbot Hotel Newspapers Historical Background, Malton Messenger, Malton & Norton Gazette, including digital copies of the first few editions from 1855 Worship Three Ecclesiastical Parishes, 1857 locations, St. Michael's, St. Leonard's, Primitive Methodists, Unitarians, Independents, Catholics, Baptists, Wesleyans, Society of Friends, Congregationalists, 1851 Religious Census Police & Fire Police, law & order, prostitution, fire brigade, fires, Fire Brigade Friendly Society Pubs & Beerhouses Brewster Sessions, landlords, Temperance movement, closure dates Secret Orders Freemasonry, Friendly Societies, Oddfellows, Independent Order of Rechabites, Shepherds and Charities The Railway Victorian Heyday, Abolition of the Turnpikes, Accidents, Station Location, Railway Crossing & Bridge, Excursions, Railway Buildings, York & Scarborough line, Malton & Driffield line, Malton and Whitby line Health The sanitary condition of Malton 1854, nuisance removal, local board of health, the Dispensary, the Cottage Hospital, Apothecaries, Doctors and Surgeons, Dentists, Galvanism, 1932 typhoid outbreak, Health & Housing in 1909, Cholera, Smallpox, Smallpox Vaccination, Typhoid, 1918 Influenza epidemic Workhouse Settlement & Removals, managing the workhouse, state of the workhouse 1818, workhouse provisions, scandal at the workhouse, life in the workhouse, one of yours in the workhouse, masters & matrons, advertisements for staff First World War War is declared, the Wider War Effort, Employment issues for local tradesmen, Zeppelin Raids, Local Recruitment Advertising and Meetings, Military Tribunals, Medals and Bravery, Casualties, War Memorial, Armistice is Signed

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