Norton is a thriving town and community separated from Malton by the River Derwent which flows east to west, north of the town.
Norton is situated roughly equidistant between the historical medieval city of York and the spa town of Scarborough together with the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. The A64(T) which bypasses the town, affords convenient access. The 2001 Census gave the population of Norton as 6,943.
At the heart of Norton is Church Street and Commercial Street, the main shopping area, bustling with activity and shops, consisting of a good mix of local shopping and businesses.
Norton has also accommodated a large amount of housing development over the past three decades which has expanded the settlement considerably, almost to the foothills of the Wolds.
Norton is served by two main educational institutions: Norton Community Primary School, one of the largest primary schools in the county and, Norton College, a secondary and sixth form centre with holds specialist technology college status.
Since the 1970’s an industrial estate has been developed at Norton Grove on the eastern side of the town. Within the estate is the Malton Bacon Factory (Karro Food Group), the town’s largest employer, providing over 2000 jobs.
The public swimming pool and fitness centre are central to the town, and there is also an eight rink indoor bowls centre, located off Scarborough Road.
Malton and Norton Golf Club is a 27 hole parkland golf course and has an excellent reputation and attracts visitors from a wide catchment area.
Norton continues to be one of the principal centres in the country for the horse racing industry. Its vibrant horse racing industry is evident within and on the outskirts of the town, having many trainers and stables.
The bus station and the railway station are both situated in Norton. The railway station is on the Trans Pennine Express Route with fast trains every hour running from Scarborough to York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.
The parish church of St Peter is located on Langton Road and sits on the site of a Roman settlement and burial ground. Built in cathedral style it can hold a significantly sized congregation. The adjacent church house provides an excellent venue for community events, concerts and plays. There are many other denominations in the town.