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Heslington is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
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Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO10
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53°56′41″N 1°02′36″W / 53.94484°N 1.04336°W / 53.94484; -1.04336Coordinates: 53°56′41″N 1°02′36″W / 53.94484°N 1.04336°W / 53.94484; -1.04336

Heslington is a suburban village and civil parish within the City of York district, in the ceremonial county of 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.[2]


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.

Heslington hoard[edit]

The hoard of 2,800 Roman coins, known as the Heslington Hoard was found on 1 March 1966 during excavations in advance of the construction of 'College 3' on the campus of the University of York.[3][4] [5]

The modern village[edit]

According to the 2011 census the ward had a population of 4,792.[6] The parish also includes the Badger Hill area.

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 a bank, 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,[7] 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 suburban village.[8] The planning application went to public enquiry and the project was approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government in May 2007.[9] The new campus opened in October 2009.


After 92 years of existence, Heslington Cricket Club folded in 2003 amid a certain amount of turmoil.[10] This was not 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. They have now rebranded as Heslington Cricket Club[11] Heslington Cricket Club has since grown considerably, now fielding four Seniors teams as well as Juniors teams from Under 9s to Under 15s.


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  1. ^ "Heslington Parish Council". www.heslington.org.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ "History of Heslington, in York and East Riding | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  3. ^ Carson, R. A. G.; Kent, J. P. C. (1971). "A Hoard of Roman Fourth-Century Bronze Coins from Heslington, Yorkshire". The Numismatic Chronicle. 11: 207–225.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 58241". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  5. ^ Roskams, Steve (2020). "The Post-excavation Analysis and Archiving of Outputs from Complex, Multi-period Landscape Investigations: the example of Heslington East, York". Internet Archaeology (55). doi:10.11141/ia.55.7.
  6. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Heslington (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Where is Heslington East?". University of York. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Councillor tells Heslington East inquiry of traffic concerns". The Press. Newsquest Media Group. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  9. ^ "University welcomes positive decision on Heslington East". University of York. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  10. ^ Woodcock, John (3 September 2003). "In sight of its century, village cricket team folds amid turmoil". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  11. ^ 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.

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