Features of Interest
- The Gate Inn is named after the area of land each farmer once had in the nearby Millington Pastures. The number of gates awarded to each farmer during the Inclosure Act was proportionate to the extent of the land which they had before the Act in various parts of the parish. A gate was pasture to 6 sheep, or 4 sheep plus 2 lambs; beasts under 2 years old; or 1 beast over 2 years old. Many people assume that the pasture was public and that the dale sides were accessible to all before the erection of fences. It was in fact awarded to 108 local people for grazing and is private (although several public footpaths and bridleways give legal access over the pasture).
- In the village street note the ‘wheel’ set in the pavement. This was the hooping iron used by the local smithy to shape the iron rims of cart wheels. A visit to the tiny church with its squint window is also interesting. The lepers in the parish could stand outside and watch the parson through the window without ‘offending’ the congregation.
- Millington Wood was owned by the Forestry Commission before being purchased by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The wood contains an ancient ash wood and is both botanically interesting and valuable to wildlife. The Council manages the site for both nature conservation and recreation.
- In Millington Dale itself, the pasture and the dale side vegetation looks essentially the same as the whole of the Wolds looked before enclosure. At one time it was possible to walk from Driffield to Malton, or Driffield to York, across the open sheep-walk landscape without fields or fences.
Information kindly supplied by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.