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.[3]

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Heslington is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population4,792 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE628502
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO10
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°56′41″N 1°02′36″W / 53.94484°N 1.04336°W / 53.94484; -1.04336

The University of York's Campus West, including Heslington Hall, are located in Heslington.



Heslington was likely an Anglian settlement and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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 became a Conservation Area in 1969.[4]

Heslington hoard


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 west campus of the University of York.[5][6][7]



According to the 2011 census the ward had a population of 4,792.[1] The parish also includes the Badger Hill area. Lord Deramore's Primary School serves the residents of the Heslington, the nearby Badger Hill estate, and the families of the scholars of the University of York.

Heslington Church is a Grade II listed building and is a local ecumenical partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist Church.[8]

Heslington Main Street has a post office, a bakery and two pubs; The Deramore Arms and The Charles XII.

The University of York's Campus West is situated in Heslington. A further campus, Campus East, is located to the east of the village. Construction began in 2007 to some controversy from village residents concerned about traffic and Heslington's small village status.[9] The planning application went to public enquiry and the project was approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government in May 2007.[10] The new campus opened in October 2009.



After 92 years of existence, Heslington Cricket Club folded in 2003 amid a certain amount of turmoil.[11] 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.[12] 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. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ "Heslington Parish Council". www.heslington.org.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Heslington, in York and East Riding | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Heslington Conservation Area Character Appraisal, April 2009" (PDF). City of York Council. p. 2. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 58241". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Heslington Anglican and Methodist Church (1301085)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Councillor tells Heslington East inquiry of traffic concerns". The Press. Newsquest Media Group. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  10. ^ "University welcomes positive decision on Heslington East". University of York. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  11. ^ Woodcock, John (3 September 2003). "In sight of its century, village cricket team folds amid turmoil". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  12. ^ 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.