About the collection

The Woodhams Stone Collection holds thousands of receipts and invoices relating to local businesses, including some fantastic decorative bill heads. The majority of these date from the 1890s to the 1960s. There are also posters for social events, dances, theatre productions, sales and auctions. A number of newspapers are represented including the Malton Messenger and the Norton Chronicle.

A selection of these items are shown here. The full collection is available to view by appointment.



The towns had many drapers

Fitch & Co

[MALWS:2015.1252.15] The Fitch business premises once domintated the Market-place in Malton. Not only were they general drapers, but they also supplied bedding, carpets and other floor coverings, house furniture and handled house removals. The invoice here is for their services in 'funeral furnishing'. They also had a branch at Pickering. A glance in the 1881/1891 censuses will show that the business was a major employer in Malton. After the death of Mr. Fitch (1895) the business passed into the hands of Messrs. Hedley, Swan, and Co., who had a large establishment at Sunderland, and then Messrs. Marwood Brothers around 1899. [MALWS: 2015.1252.3]


[MALWS: 2015.757.58] Snows were an established business by 1844. Their store was known as 'The Fashion Corner' as they occupied, 1, 2, 4 Yorkersgate and 8 Castlegate round to the corner of Wells Lane. They didn't just sell clothes but also haberdashery, drapery carpets and rugs. The shops were demolished for road widening in 1967.

Outfitters & Milliners

Charles Galtry

[MALWS: 2015.766.10] Messrs. Galtry's shop in Wheelgate was occupied by Mr. George Barnby, the proprietor of the then 'Malton Gazette,' who also had a licence to sell stamps. Charles Galtry was a tailor born in Scagglethorpe while his wife Mary was a dressmaker from Settrington. They previously had a tailoring and outfitters shops at 13 Saville Street in Malton where they resided with their three sons and three daughters. In October 1901 Charles moved with his family to better premises at 8 Wheelgate and later two of his sons assisted him in the running of the business.

Hornsey & Wood

Hornsey & Wood was established by Richard Hornsey & Sons as an outfitters and drapery shop in Church Street. At some stage Mr Hornsey also ran the post office from his premises and a pillar box was installed outside. He was living at Brooke Lodge in Norton when he died in 1937 and the business was carried on by his sons until they eventually became Hornsey and Wood.

Galtry's Bag c1920

One of Mr Galtry's bags [MALWS.2015.766.1] The Galtry family were members of Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street and Raymond, one of their sons, is commemorated on the memorial there. The Wise Bros. moved into the Saville Street premises after the Galtry family left. A ladies fashion shop was opened in Market Street around 1922 under the name of M Galtry & Son, believed to be Mary, Charles’ wife.

Chemists & Druggists

Wray & Thompson 1922

[MALWS.2015.770.3] This was a wide ranging business dispensing human and veterinary prescriptions, supplying photographic materials and manufacturing mineral water! They succeeded to the premises (and likely the businesses) at the bottom of Wheelgate of Messrs Wrangham and Hardy. [MALWS: 2015.770.3]

Builders & Decorators

Thomas Whitwell

Motors & Cycles

Bowers Motor Exchange 1902

The building occupied by Bower’s Motor Exchange was formerly Norton Police Station and Court House.

Food & Drink

Wilkinson & Son 1930

Mr William Wilkinson commenced this business and was based in premises just behind Wheelgate and probably backing onto where the library is now in St. Michael's street. He was also one of the 'Malton Curlers' who won the cup in the International Bonspiel at Kandersteg, Switzerland in 1907. His son Ernest succeeded in the business.

Tradesmen etc

Edward Leefe


Thomas Baker