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A Victorian terrace in Norton
Norton-on-Derwent is located in North Yorkshire
 Norton-on-Derwent shown within North Yorkshire
Population 7,387 
OS grid reference
   – London 150 mi (240 km)  S
Civil parish Norton-on-Derwent
District Ryedale
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MALTON
Postcode district YO17
Dialling code 01653
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Thirsk and Malton
List of places

Norton-on-Derwent, commonly referred to as simply Norton, is a town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. Norton borders the market town of Malton, and is separated from it by the River Derwent. The 2001 Census gave the population of the parish as 6,943, increasing at the 2011 Census to 7,387.[1]


  • History 1
  • Governance 2
  • Community 3
  • Transport 4
  • References 5


The name Norton is derive from "north farmstead or village", being a settlement to the north of another.[2]

In the Domesday Book Norton is listed three times, as "Nortone" in the Scard Hundred of the East Riding of Yorkshire.[3]

At the foot of the bridge between Norton and Malton in the reign of Henry II was a hospital dedicated to St Nicholas, founded by Roger de Flamvill, and governed by the canons of Malton. In 1823 Norton was in the Wapentake of Buckrose and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Population at the time was 1017. Occupations included five farmers, one of whom was also a lime burner, two blacksmiths, four butchers, six grocers, five shoemakers, three tailors, two horse jockeys, a horse trainer, three raff merchants (dealers in lumber and odd refuse), two schoolmasters, a corn miller, saddler, stone mason, linen draper, cabinet maker, roper, gardener, fellmonger, wheelwright, overseer, and surgeon, and the landlords of The Bay Horse, and The Oak Tree public houses. Resident were fifteen members of the gentry.[4]


From 1894 to 1974 Norton was an urban district in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[5]

Norton-on-Derwent is in the Thirsk and Malton Parliamentary constituency since its creation for the 2010 general election, before this it was in the Ryedale constituency.

There are now two electoral wards in Norton (east and west). Their cumulative population is identical to that of the Town.


Norton, with Malton, has significance within the horse racing industry for the town's many stables.

There is a 27 hole golf course located off Welham Road, which covers a large part of the south-west end of the town. The club is the 'home club' of European Tour professional Simon Dyson.

Norton's schools are Norton Primary School, and Norton College secondary school. The secondary school has Academy and specialist Technology College status, a sixth form college and a playgroup.

Sport facilities include a swimming pool, a skate park, and Norton College sixth form gym that is open to the public.

Malton bacon factory

Malton Bacon Factory in Norton is a major employer for the both Norton, Malton and the local area.


Because of the town's close proximity to Malton, Norton has access to the A64, which runs from Leeds and York to Scarborough, and the A169 to Pickering and Whitby.

Both Malton bus station and Malton railway station are located in Norton.

Norton is home to Coastliner, a division of the TransDev bus group. Buses run from Leeds and York through Norton and Malton to Pickering, Whitby, Scarborough, and Bridlington. There are also regular buses to Castle Howard and Hovingham, and other local bus routes.

Malton railway station is on the TransPennine Express route, with fast trains every hour running from Scarborough to York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. There are long term plans to re-open the rail link between Malton and Pickering, which would create a new service from Malton to Whitby. A preliminary feasibility study was published in July 2000, indicating that re-opening this section was technically possible.[6]


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p. 349. ISBN 019960908X
  3. ^ "Norton", Open Domesday, University of Hull. Retrieved 10 December 2014
  4. ^ Baines, Edward (1823): History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York, pp. 373, 374
  5. ^ "Norton UD", A vision of Britain through time, University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 10 December 2014
  6. ^
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