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Horse and Jockey pub in the village, with power station chimney visible in background
Eggborough is located in North Yorkshire
Eggborough shown within North Yorkshire
Population1,952 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE565235
Civil parish
  • Eggborough
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGOOLE
Postcode districtDN14
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°42′18″N 1°08′44″W / 53.704881°N 1.145592°W / 53.704881; -1.145592Coordinates: 53°42′18″N 1°08′44″W / 53.704881°N 1.145592°W / 53.704881; -1.145592

Eggborough is a village and civil parish of 750 homes, in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England, close to the county borders with South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the East Riding. The village is situated at the intersection of the A19 and the A645, approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Pontefract and 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Selby. It is also located close to the M62. Primary age children attend Whitley and Eggborough Primary School which lies in Learning Lane on the other side of the M62.[2]


Eggborough (as well as High and Low Eggborough) is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was formerly in the Wapentake of Osgoldcross.[3] The name derives from Ecga's Burh; a fortification which belonged to a person named Ecga.[4]

There is a pub in the village; the Horse and Jockey. There is also a sports and leisure complex based in the grounds of the nearby Eggborough Power Station. The sports and leisure complex offers a nine-hole golf course, two miniature football pitches, two full size football pitches, a bowling green, a children's play area, a miniature railway, a licensed bar, snooker, pool, a green room and a concert hall.

The Spar shop which is located next to the Horse and Jockey is run by Claire Smith.[5] The centre of the village used to be the location of a Bowman's Flour Mill, but this ceased production in 2016.[6]

Close to Eggborough is the site of French-owned Saint-Gobain Glass, Europe's leading producer of float (flat) glass. The plant, which opened in 1998,[7] employs over 170 people and produces 200,000 tonnes (220,000 tons) of flat glass per year.[8]

The large village hall on Selby Road is well used by residents and it is a shared facility with the residents of Whitley Bridge who have no village hall of their own.[9] Other activities take place at the Methodist Hall and the Westfield Centre. Although the village is situated within the boundaries of North Yorkshire, the postal address for Eggborough is "Eggborough, Near Goole, East Yorkshire". It has a DN (Doncaster, South Yorkshire) postcode and the STD telephone code is 01977 (Pontefract, West Yorkshire).

The village also has its own football team called Eggborough Eagles, which is based at the Eggborough Sports and Leisure Complex. The Eggborough Eagles was founded in 2011 by Chairman James Lancaster, Secretary Michael Corr and Manager Michael Shaughnessy. They came 4th in their first ever season recognised in the Selby and District Invitational League.

Power stations[edit]

The village is the site of the coal-fired Eggborough Power Station, built in the 1960s and now owned by British Energy. Its 4 turbines can produce a total combined output of 1960 MWe. The power station was due to be closed in 2016, but won a reprieve as a back up generator of power until March 2017 and then again until March 2018. The owners are applying for permission to convert the power station to a gas-fired power plant.[10][11]

There was also a short lived biomass power station, ARBRE Power Station, built by the Kelda Group, owners of Yorkshire Water, which cost £30 million.[12] The site was developed to burn willow wood grown by local farmers and turn it into gas, however, by August 2002 had gone into liquidation.[13] The capacity of the station was rated at 8 MW per year. In 2015, DRENL (UK) gained approval to convert the old ARBRE site into an Energy from waste (EfW) plant that would process 200,000 tonnes (220,000 tons) of waste per year to generate 10 MW of electricity.[14]


The A19 and the A645 intersect in the village with the A19 being on a north/south axis and having a junction (number 34) on the M62 just south of the village.[15] To the south of the village lies the Aire and Calder Navigation. Eggborough is served by Whitley Bridge railway station on the Pontefract line, but services are limited to just two trains a day to Leeds and only one through to Goole.[16]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to West Haddlesey with a total population of 3,763.[17]

It has a parish council consisting of four members.[18] Eggborough is represented on Selby District Council by husband and wife couple John and Mary McCartney who are Independents. John is also the North Yorkshire County Councillor for the ward which includes Eggborough.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Eggborough pupils left in cold by theft". York Press. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "[High and Low] Eggborough | Domesday Book". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 161. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  5. ^ Companies house
  6. ^ "Bowman Ingredients Bowmans Refocuses For Future Growth". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Selby gets glass jobs". York Press. 24 March 1998. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Saint-Gobain Glass UK". York Press. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Whitley Village Plan 2006" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  10. ^ Barnett, Ben (9 February 2016). "Eggborough power station wins 12-month reprieve". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  11. ^ Williams, Diarmid (6 May 2017). "EPH applies to change Eggborough plant from coal to gas power". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  12. ^ "'Green' power station to close". York Press. 2 August 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  13. ^ "'Green' power station is sold". BBC News. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  14. ^ Simkins, Gareth (15 May 2015). "EfW rebuild for failed biomass plant". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  15. ^ "290" (Map). York. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319244876.
  16. ^ Freeman, Sarah (28 April 2015). "The ghost trains haunting Britain's rail network". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Eggborough (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Eggborough | Selby District Council". Retrieved 25 September 2017.

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