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Kirk Deighton is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated north-west of Wetherby, to which it is contiguous, and near the A1(M). The village was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and Wetherby Rural District, until 1974, and is now on the border between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire: the village is in North Yorkshire, and Wetherby in the Leeds metropolitan district of West Yorkshire. Kirk Deighton has a population of less than 500 people, measured at 484 in the 2011 Census. All Saints' Church was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The most architecturally notable building in the village is All Saints' Church, the main structure of which dates between the 12th and 14th century. Kirk Deighton Hall is a late 18th century private residence situated off Mark Lane and is Grade II listed. Main Street has a mixture of buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th century. There are some twentieth century council houses on Wetherby Road as well as some twentieth century private houses on Ashdale Lane.
The village has a church, a public house, an antiques dealer, a football club and club house, a cricket club that plays in the 1st division of the Wetherby League and a village hall. Kirk Deighton amenities serve residents of the Ainsty and Badgerwood areas of north-east Wetherby.
The Bay Horse public house in the centre of the village was originally two, the Bay Horse and The Grey Hound until they were converted into one pub, taking the Bay Horse name. Until the early 1990s the Alpine Lodge was a Samuel Smith's house on the Great North Road (A1). It opened as the Old Fox Inn but was renamed the Alpine Inn. After it closed and an arson attack in the 2000s, the building was demolished. There was also a small petrol station outside the village latterly operated by Total, this closed when the A1(M) was diverted away from the village and fell into disrepair. It has since been demolished. There is a car wash situated on the A168.
The community centre was built in the mid-1970s, but fell into disrepair. It was demolished in 2012 and part of the land on which it stood was sold for housing raising funds for a new village hall, which was officially opened on the 9 September 2013.
Wetherby Motorway Service Area is situated outside the village and is closer to Kirk Deighton than it is to Wetherby.
Kirk Deighton Site of Special Scientific Interest
Within the village is Kirk Deighton SSSI, a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is home to a population of Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus). The site is situated off Lime Kiln Lane and was designated in 2000. It is not publicly accessible.
Wetherby services is centred on the A1(M) motorway junction 46, serving the village and north Wetherby. It was built during the upgrade of the A1 trunk road to motorway standard. The site includes land for industrial development.
Kirk Deighton has a football club; Kirk Deighton Rangers who play on Wetherby Road and a Cricket club; Kirk Deighton Cricket Club who play on Mark Lane.
Kirk Deighton had a Church of England voluntary controlled primary school which opened in 1889 and closed in 1991. The building is now a private residence. The closest primary school is Deighton Gates in Wetherby and the closest secondary school is Wetherby High School, however as these lie across the border in West Yorkshire it is more common for children in Kirk Deighton to be educated in Spofforth and Knaresborough.
- Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, 1st Bart, (22 February 1722 – 19 March 1796) was born in the village. He was an officer of the British Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War.
- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- "Kirk Deighton Hall". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
- "The Bay Horse Website".
- Dickinson, Michelle (16 August 2000). "Kirk Deighton SSSI, details". designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk. Natural England. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
- "Kirk Deighton", Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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