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Welcome to Mill Garth Park

The Park
Mill Garth Park takes its name from the original name for the field 'The Garth' as indicated on ancient maps, (Garth being the Viking word for enclosure) and 'Mill' is derived from the fact that The Garth was the location of the village Post Mill (a type of windmill).

Since we bought the park we have embarked on a complete redevelopment in order to provide a residential park to the highest standards, so that it complements the unique qualities of the surrounding village environment. We are very pleased that we are able to offer the continuity of ownership that has previously existed, (the previous owners having owned the park for over 60 years, (and before that the same family's ancestors had operated the Windmill since 1760!).

Together with my wife and three children, we have owned and operated Chestnut Farm Holiday Park in Acaster Malbis for over 24 years – (although other family members have owned it for over 70 years). In fact my family's association with Acaster Malbis goes back to the late 1890's, when in 1899 my great grandfather, a salmon fisherman (pictured below) before he started farming – (when salmon were abundant in the river Ouse!), probably had the first ever holiday caravan to stay on his land – can we claim to be the longest established park in the country?

So with our long association with the village I can certainly say that we are here to stay!

Acaster Malbis
Acaster probably comes from a combination of the old English word for river 'ea', with the Roman 'ceaster' meaning fortification. The second part of our village name comes from the 'Malbis' family (whose Norman French origins can be traced back to William the Conqueror in 1066), and whose links with the village are well documented from the mid 12th century. The tomb of Sir John de Malbyse (1316), with its life-sized effigy of a knight, lies in Holy Trinity - our 14th century village church.

With my wife Alison and our family we look forward to welcoming you as a resident of Mill Garth Park – and as an Acastrian!

Steve Smith

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Steve & Alison Smith
Steve & Alison outside the park's first lodge

Holy Trinity Church at Acaster Malbis

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