Malton Cemetery Chapels: Fully Upgraded, Available To Hire!

by Editorial Team
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The Malton Chapel and Chapel of Rest are two iconic twin buildings at the heart of New Malton Cemetery.

The historic chapels, which are Grade II listed, had been unused and mothballed for around two decades, and their structural condition was deteriorating.

Comprehensive upgrading of the structures, in addition to the interiors, was needed. The sale of Malton Lodge this made the required investment possible, and the buildings have now undergone a most comprehensive restoration project to bring them back to their full glory—to ensure that they’re fit for generations to come.

The restoration of the chapels are part of a wider scheme to improve the whole cemetery. The scheme includes the restoration and reinstatement of two large pairs of double gates, a new storage building, and resurfacing parts of the cemetery entrance ways and roadways, as well as the associated planting and landscaping.

The entrance to the East Chapel.


A decision to create a ‘new’ cemetery for Malton was made by the Malton Burial Board in November 1858, and around five acres of land was acquired from the Earl Fitzwilliam at a cost of £750. The Malton architect John Gibson prepared plans for the new chapels and the foundation stones were laid on 5 March 1859.

The cemetery first opened on Monday 28 November 1859, with the first funeral taking place on Monday 5 December 1859: the interment of William Arrundell Exley, an 11-year-old boy from Malton.

Hiring the Chapels

Rates are £150.00 per service in the main chapel, and £25.00 per hour for the break out room.

The East Chapel

The East Chapel is available to use for private prayer and reflection, small funeral services and christenings, and other events (of up to around 30 people). The beautiful interior boasts new décor, floor coverings, lighting, chapel seating, altar table, lecterns, and candlesticks.

The West Chapel

The West Chapel is available as a break out area or as a separate room to hire for community use and can accommodate 15 people comfortably. The tables and chairs can be set boardroom, theatre, or classroom style, or U-shaped, depending on your requirements. There is a kitchen area, so tea and coffee making facilities are on hand.

If you are interested in booking the facility, or would like to have a look round, contact Malton Town Council office, where Gail Cook, Town Clerk, or Tim Hicks, Deputy Town Clerk, are happy to oblige. Call 01653 609888 or email

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