Filey’s Windmill Recreating an iconic building
For   historic   reasons   Filey’s   windmill   is   called   Muston   Mill   and   is   located on    the    outskirts    of    the    town,    a    traditional    family    resort    on    the beautiful   North   Yorkshire   coast.   The      town   is   set   in   a   sweeping   bay with   several   miles   of   fine   sandy   beaches   flanked   by   the   headland
called   Carr   Naze      and   Filey   Brigg   to   the   north   and   the   massive   chalk cliffs   of   Bempton   and   Flamborough   Head   to   the   south.   The   mill   stands at   the   highest   point   of   the   watershed   which   curves   round   the   town from the south west to the north east and it looks directly out to sea.
Emperor's Bath behind Filey Brigg View from the mill - Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head
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Filey Bay and Sands
Muston Mill 1904
In    the    pages    that    follow    we    have    set    down    as    much    historical information   as   we   have   been   able   to   discover   about   the   site   and   the windmills    that    have    stood    there    since    written    records    became available.   If   you   are   interested   we   invite   you   to   share   our   journey   here as   we   progress   with   rebuilding   the   mill   after   saving   it   from   collapse   at the    eleventh    hour.    We’ve    had    hard    decisions    to    take    and    many     
obstacles   to   overcome   but   our   reward   will   come   when   this   iconic building   stands   proudly   once   again   on   the   high   ground   above   the town.    We   believe   we   are   attempting   to   achieve   something   worthwhile enabling   future   generations   to   enjoy   a   similar   visual   experience   to   that shown by the picture postcard above printed in 1904.
The   windmill   sits   alone   in   two   acres   of   pasture   and   is   separated   from the   farm   it   was   originally   part   of   by   the   A1039   main   road   out   of   the town   to   the   south.   It   is   the   final   example   of   a   long   line   of   windmills of    different    types    which    have    occupied    the    site;    the    first    being
recorded   in   the   14th   century.   The   field   is   the   last   undeveloped area   of   what   was   formerly   common   land   and   which   was   'enclosed' using   the   Inclosure   Acts   passed   by   Parliament   in   the   17th,   18th and 19th centuries  subsequently becoming known as Mill Closes.
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Filey Windmill - it’s Location and Setting
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Winter view from the top floor of the mill Carr Naze headland to the North of the bay