Corner of Yorkshire: Skidby Windmill

Considering that East Yorkshire used to known as the ‘bread basket of Yorkshire’ and that, at one time, the Riding was covered with hundreds of active mills, it’s surprising that only one working example remains. Even more surprising is that Skidby Mill is the only original working mill in the whole of the county.

Built in 1821 and extended in 1870, the mill produced flour right up until the 1960’s, when it was closed down and sold to the council for £1. Thirty years later, a lottery heritage grant saw the mill renovated and re-opened and it is now a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are shown the entire production process and the East Yorkshire Museum of Rural Life is also housed in adjoining buildings.

The flour the mill currently produces is sold on-site, to local delis and restaurants and even goes into the Michelin-starred food of the nearby Pipe & Glass.

Dave Lee

High res j-pegs here:


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