Holgate Windmill’s builder and first miller was George Waud. He was born in Barlow near Selby in 1717 and bought the land here on 27th December 1768. By October 1770 the Mill was working and George was living in the Mill house with his family. The Mill was built in open countryside looking over the hamlet of Holgate which was centred around the junction of Acomb Road and Poppleton Road near to ‘The Fox Inn’. These roads provided a direct route for the grain from local farms to the Mill and much of the high quality flour that George produced would have been taken into York. The original horse and cart track to the Mill survives, in narrowed form, as a snicket from Acomb Road.
You’ll find knowledgeable volunteers in the mill who can give you lots of information and answer any questions you may have about Holgate Mill or milling in general.
We are pleased to announce that we are now selling our flour at the mill. We have three sizes for retail sale:
* 500g @ £1.25
* 1.5kg @ £2.75
* 5kg @ £7.50
All flour sold at Holgate Windmill is ground on site using our millstones.
Design and Structure of the windmill
Holgate windmill is a tower mill. This means it is a rigid structure but the top rotates, by means of a fantail which is located on the opposite side of the tower to the sails. This fantail acts like an autopilot and continuously keeps the sails facing into the wind. This type of mill differs from the “Post mills”, so called because they were built on a central pivot, which was originally a post in the ground, so that the whole structure could be moved round. They had to be manhandled to face the wind which involved much more hard, manual labour than the tower mills. A fine example of a restored post mill can be seen at Wrawby, near Lincoln. The fantailed tower mills were less likely to face the possibility of being backwinded (when the wind changes direction and blows from behind the sails). This can be very dangerous in high winds and can cause a lot of damage to the sails.
In 2001 the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society was formed and through the dedication of its volunteers the Mill is now working once more.
Who are we?
Holgate Windmill Preservation Society was formed in November 2001 after some local residents became worried about the condition of the mill. At that stage no work had been done on the mill for a number of years and this resulted in noticeable deterioration to the fabric of this Grade II listed building.
There is no need to book in advance for open days – just turn up during opening hours.
Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the windmill.
There is a WC and shop inside the mill.
For further information regarding the open days please contact Brian Lambert on 01904 799295 or Helen Hoult on 01904 331402.
OPEN DAY DATES
Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May 2015 (Spring Bank Holiday)
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2015 (Bank Holiday)
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2015 (Half term)
OPEN DAY TIMES
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Events webpage: http://www.holgatewindmill.org/openday.htm
See attraction’s website for current prices and opening hours.