Kirk Smeaton

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Kirk Smeaton
West Riding
Kirk Smeaton Village, Pinfold Lane - - 110707.jpg
Grid reference: SE519166
Location: 53°38’36"N, 1°12’55"W
Population: 405  (2011[1])
Post town: Pontefract
Postcode: WF8
Local Government
Council: Selby
Selby and Ainsty

Kirk Smeaton is a village and parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, south-east of Pontefract.


Kirk Smeaton and its sister village Little Smeaton face each other across the River Went, the most southerly boundary of the Celtic Kingdom of Elmet. A footbridge links the two, providing both villages with walks to Brockadale[2] and Wentbridge. A railway from the Leeds - Doncaster line past Drax Power Station used to run close to the south of the village, with a railway station that opened in 1885 and part of the Hull and Barnsley Railway. The station was closed to passengers in 1932, and closed completely in 1959.[3]


A history of Smeaton Church written by Harry Robinson is available. In 1840 Earl Fitzwilliam donated land for the foundation of Kirk Smeaton CE J&I Primary School. It is a small school which is well regarded. A pre-school meet onsite in term-time, and there is a breakfast club and after-school club. The school has a mixture of new and old buildings, a sports hall and a community room which can be hired out. It is a Church school, and there are good links with the community and Church.

The village pub is the Shoulder of Mutton on Main Street. Black Sheep Ale is usually served, amongst others. A harvest auction at the pub raises money for charity. There is a village post office.


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