Malton Road

Points of interest along the road once known as Lunway

By Sue Miller

Photo:Malton Road

Malton Road

Malton Road links Orwell High Street with all that remains of the medieval hamlet of Malton, by the River Rhee. Until the late 19th century the road was known by the Old Norse name of Lunway, or Lundr Way, which dates back to the 9th century when Orwell lay within the area of the Danelaw and so was under Danish control.

West Farm Barn and Butts Orchard 

On the right, as you leave the High Street, is the former Great Barn of West Farm, now converted into three dwellings.  A little further on, on the left, is Butts Orchard, now partly cleared of its dense growth of old fruit trees and bushes.  The name suggests that here were the Butts where Orwell men practiced their archery on Sundays, as required by a medieval law that was not repealed, if at all, until the reign of Victoria, but this is yet to be proved.

The Meridian Marker and Oliver's Meadow

As you cross the Greenwich Meridian, pause for a while on the seat beside the Meridian Marker, designed and made in Orwell as part of the village Millennium celebrations. The 5.4 acre field on your right is variously known by local people as Oliver's Meadow, (where Olivers, the butchers, once pastured their livestock), and Merry Johnson's field, after a smallholder who had also kept animals there. Names survive in villages, even centuries after the owners are dead and buried.

The coprolite diggers' pub

The Retreat, standing alone in its 4 acres, was once a public house named The Hector, probably built to provide refreshment for the workers who excavated and washed coprolites (phosphatic nodules) in the surrounding fields between 1865 and 1890.  The pub was more commonly known as The Shant until it became a private house in the 20th century.

Edix Hill Saxon cemetery

Looking east across the road from The Retreat's front door you may detect a slight rise in the ground, known to archaeologists as Edix Hill, the site of an extensive Anglo Saxon cemetery. We have a page on this item - go to

Malton Cottages

19th century Malton Cottage was once  two dwellings, occupied by agricultural workers.  A pair of semi-detached houses was built in the 1960s to provide more accommodation for workers at Malton farm.

New Malton Golf Club - (closed 2014)

A builder's merchant bought Malton in the 1980s and laid out a golf course on part of the farmland. Malton Golf Club plc had mixed fortunes during the 1990s and the course changed hands several times, finally closing for business in 2014. The site was purchased in 2015 by Rand Brothers of Reed who levelled the bunkers and tees and re-seeded the land with a view to keeping their herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle here. The first cows should be in residence in Spring 2016 and the herd will be managed by Charlie Rand.

Set-up (Scenery) Ltd.

This company, formed in 1999, builds amazing theatre scenery and film sets for some of the most famous productions and venues in this country and abroad. 

 Set-up occupied a large and draughty grain/machinery store at Malton for several years, but in 2013 the company moved into a brand new purpose built workshop on the same site.

Malton farm house and dovecote

Click here to read the history of this 15th century house, once owned by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

There is a very extensive collection of photos of this farm in 1983, mainly of the inside, with English Heritage. Unfortunately, there is a charge, currently (2013) of £6.00 for each photograph.


This page was added by Sue Miller on 22/10/2013.

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