South Dalton is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately north-east of the market town of Market Weighton and north-west of the market town of Beverley. to the south-east lies Etton. North Dalton is actually some north-west, with several other villages in between. The village itself lies to the west of the B1248 road.
The village forms part of and is run by the Dalton Estate, which is owned by the Hotham family. The Dalton Estate Office can be found in the village. The 18th century Hall is the home of Lord Hotham whose family have owned land in the area for generations.
The Estate houses are neat rows of cottages as well as Tudor style houses, some with date plates on them dating as far back as 1706.
In 1935 South Dalton and the neighbouring parish of Holme on the Wolds were merged into a single parish named Dalton Holme. The new civil parish continued to be part of Beverley Rural District until 1974. South Dalton was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Harthill.
In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.