A windmill in Heslington was mentioned in documents as early as 1530, as the wood used to build it came from Acomb Grange Wood.
By 1551 it was then called Stublowe Mill and by 1787 there was mention of two mills, both north east of the village, built on the glacial moraine which is the rising ground behind what is now Windmill Lane.
A new smock mill was built in 1781 but later replaced by a brick tower mill. This mill remained in place but gradually became derelict and the sails were removed in the 1920s. There is the name of a miller recorded in 1913. After that it was left to the weather and was finally demolished in 1941.
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Prepared by Judith Nicholson based on material in the Victoria County History of York
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