Originally built in 1821, the mill was further extended to its current 5 stories in 1870. It is powered by 4 sails, 11 metres in length, and was in commercial use until 1966. Between 1954 and 1966 the mill was used for grinding animal feedstuff using newly installed electric rollers but also continued producing stoneground flour, too. The mill was sold to the local council in 1969 for £1 and after being renovated was opened in 1974 as a working museum. It is the last working English windmill north of the Humber, producing stoneground wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat. The mill is open to visitors all week, milling takes place from Wednesday to Sunday weather permitting. Adjacent warehouses contain the Museum of East Riding Rural Life, including a famous 'Wolds Wagon' built by P.H. Sissons & Sons, which was originally lent to the Beverley Army Museum of transport. P.H. Sissons & Sons were based at Beswick and built wagons from 1854 onwards.
In 2008, work began on the mill to replace some structural members in the cap and fantail. The work involved the 15 ton cap being removed by a crane; the only time that the cap has been removed since the 1870s.
- English Heritage. "Skidby Mill and Attached Mill Buildings (1103339)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Windmill sails taken off for work". BBC News. 12 September 2008.
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