Welcome to Holgate Windmill

Holgate Windmill, York’s last surviving windmill and the oldest 5-sailed windmill in the country is now fully restored and producing traditional stone-ground flour.

Come and visit us on one of our regular open days throughout the year to talk to our knowledgeable volunteers and see how it’s done, or purchase flour (and a wide range of other gifts) any Saturday morning, 10:00 till 12:00.

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2 days ago

Holgate Windmill

The colour of autumn leaves is just stunning. #holgatewindmill #holgate #acomb #autumn #autumnleaves #windmill #windmills #fantails #fantail #york ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Holgate Windmill

An interesting display in the mill of some of the different grains available in the UK. We mill crusoe and skyfall wheat, both of which are group 1 wheat varieties so strong and therefore particularly suitable for bread making. We also mill spelt which is known an ancient grain recognised for its many health benefits including boosting the immune system and because of the high fibre and low gluten content makes it easier to digest than traditional wheat which helps people with digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome. #holgatewindmill #holgate #stoneground #stonegroundflour #milling #ancientgrains #crusoewheat #skyfallwheat #spelt #windmill #windmillflour ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Holgate Windmill

Looking for a fun activity for the little people next Saturday? Holgate Windmill have there next Mini Millers session where they will be making bread. To book please email minimillers@holgatewindmill.org. #holgatewindmill #holgate #breadmaking #minimillers #homemadebread #childrensworkshop ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Pictures showing the millstones before and after they have been rethreaded. The last photo shows the upper stone being lifted back into place. The stones have been run, the flour been tested and we are now back into full production again. #holgatewindmill #holgate #millstones #millsarchive #millwright #restoration #restoredwindmill #redressingstores #windmill #windmills ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Holgate Windmill

More photos from last Wednesday when the electric stones were lifted and shows the work being done to recut some of the groves. The traditional tools used were the mill bill (flat edged) and the mill pick (pointed) set in their wooden ‘thrifts’. Stone dressers(who travelled from mill to mill), or perhaps the miller himself, would start a day’s work with a dozen or so of each of these metal pieces which blunted as they worked. The mill bill cut the many sharp parallel edges on the flat ‘lands’ of the millstone face. This is called the ‘stitching’.
The bill cut out the grooves for the flour to pass out from between the stones (furrows). The blue marker die was used for checking that the surface was level. An experienced stone dresser would have many metal splinters embedded in his hands and proof of his experience would be given by ‘showing his metal’. Last Wednesday they used electric angle grinders! #holgatewindmill #millstones #millsarchive #millwright #anglegrinders #restoration #restoredwindmill #dressingthestones #makingflour #stoneground #stonegroundflour
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