Dishforth /ˈdɪʃfəθ/[1] is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. Dishforth translates from Old English as dic-ford; a ford by a dike or ditch.[2] The population of the parish taken at the 2001 census as 719[3] and had risen to 905 by the time of the 2011 census.[4]


The main street in Dishforth
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE382732
Civil parish
  • Dishforth
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHIRSK
Postcode districtYO7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

It is just north of Dishforth Airfield, which up until April 2016 was an Army Air Corps helicopter station.[5] The village is close to the A1(M) and the A168.[6] The original route of the Great North Road runs through the village but RAF Dishforth was built over the old road which used to be the A1 and later the A167. The closest town is Boroughbridge 3 miles (4.8 km) to the south.[7]

The village has two pubs adjacent to one another; the Black Swan and the Crown Inn. The village has a small Methodist church, a village hall (which used to be the village church)[8] and a primary school.[9]


  1. Wells, John (29 January 2010). "Bessacarr". John Wells's phonetic blog. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  2. Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 145. OCLC 400936.
  3. "Area: Dishforth (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  5. "Farewell flypast for regiment departing from Dishforth". ITV News. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. "A1(M) Walshford to Dishforth". The Motorway Archive. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. "Location Overview - Dishforth" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. "Dishforth Village Hall". Dishforth Village Hall. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. "Dishforth CE Primary School - Home". Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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