Darrington, West Yorkshire

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Darrington is a small village and civil parish in the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) from Pontefract and 25 miles (40 km) from the city of York. The village is split in two by the busy A1 trunk road which runs from London to Scotland. It has a population of 1,308.[1]


The history of Darrington can be traced back to the time of Edward the Confessor.[2] The last Anglo Saxon owners of Darrington were named Jordan, Baret and Alsi.[3] After the Norman Conquest it fell to the ownership of Ilbert de Lacy,[3] a favourite of William the Conqueror.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Novelist, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, J. S. Fletcher (Joseph Smith Fletcher) was brought up in Darrington.[4]

Darrington today[edit]

At the heart of the village is the Church, and the Church School of about 100 pupils, Darrington Church of England Junior & Infant School, which has quite a good reputation in the area. It is next to the 13th century Parish Church of St Luke and All Saints, the Parish Church for the parish of Darrington with Wentbridge in the Benefice of the Went Valley. The Old School and Dovecote are now houses, and the mediaeval Tithe Barn is between the Old School and the Church, though in a state of disrepair.

Darrington is home to the Mid-Yorkshire Golf Club, and the newly renovated Kyte Hotel, as well as a branch of Ripon Farm Services and Darrington Quarries.

There is also a Premier Travel Inn within "The Darrington Pub and Hotel" which is also named "Pontefract South Premier Travel Inn". The village also has a community playing field which is home to the 'Feast and Fayre' once a year; this has a collection of stalls, a bouncy castle, dancing and many other types of entertainment. Also the field is home to a bonfire once a year. Both these events raise money for the upkeep of the field and to buy new play equipment etc.

A post office is available, on Monday and Thursday mornings, on Phillips Lane. Holly Cottage Post Office in Darrington has closed. There have been many post office moves in the village. According to the Post Office Archives, the first post office in the village was opened in 1888; in 1889, it gained permission to deal with money orders.

Booklets of monumental inscriptions from the Churchyard and that of Wentbridge are available here from the Pontefract & District Family History Society. Church records are kept at the West Yorkshire County Archives.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield Retrieved 10 September 2009
  2. ^ Fletcher (xiii)
  3. ^ a b c Fletcher pp. 9–15
  4. ^ Yorkshire Post "Yorkshire Post article on Fletcher". Yorkshire Post. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 


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Coordinates: 53°40′N 1°15′W / 53.667°N 1.250°W / 53.667; -1.250