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Heslington is located in North Yorkshire
 Heslington shown within North Yorkshire
Population 6,122 
OS grid reference
Civil parish Heslington
Unitary authority City of York
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO10
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament York Outer
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Heslington is a suburban village and civil parish within the City of York, in North Yorkshire, England, south-east of the centre of York. Before 1974, it was a village in the Derwent Rural District, which was part of the East Riding of Yorkshire. From 1974 to 1996 it was part of the Selby district before becoming part of the new City of York unitary authority area.

According to the 2001 census the ward had a population of 4,122.[1] The parish also includes the Badger Hill area.

It was probably an Anglian settlement and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It became a Conservation Area in 1969.

Heslington Hall was built between 1565 and 1568 for Sir Thomas Eynns. In the 20th century it was owned by Richard de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Baron Deramore, and was used as the headquarters for the Royal Air Force's No. 4 (Bomber) Group from 1940–45. It is now the administrative headquarters for the University of York.

The village tends to be busy, partly because its facilities are convenient for students and staff of the University of York; in the main village street these include four banks, two pubs, a post office, a unisex hair salon, and a grocery shop. Heslington Church is nearby. The local school, Lord Deramore's Primary School, serves the residents of the nearby Badger Hill estate, Heslington village and the families of the scholars of the University of York.

The University of York started work on a second campus, named Heslington East in 2007,[2] to the east of the village. There has been some controversy about the project as it was feared the village would be swamped by traffic and lose its status as a small urban village.[3] The planning application went to public enquiry and the project was approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government in May 2007.[4] The new campus opened in October 2009.


After 92 years of existence, Heslington Cricket Club folded in 2003 amid a certain amount of turmoil.[5] This wasn't the end of cricket in the village however, as 2003 was also the year that York Civil Service Cricket Club lost their ground at Boroughbridge Road, York and were offered the opportunity to play at Heslington from the 2004 season.[6]


  1. ^ "Ward Profile: HESLINGTON". City of York Council (derived from 2001 census data). Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Where is Heslington East?". University of York. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Councillor tells Heslington East inquiry of traffic concerns". The Press. Newsquest Media Group. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "University welcomes positive decision on Heslington East". University of York. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Woodcock, John (3 September 2003). "In sight of its century, village cricket team folds amid turmoil". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Martel, Stuart (13 October 2010). "Civil Service Cricket Club chairman Simon Desborough looking to the future at the Outgang". York Press. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

External links

  • Heslington Village Website
  • Lord Deramore's Primary School
  • A detailed history of the village
  • A Late Roman Well at Heslington East, York: ritual or routine practices?
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