Kellington is a small village and civil parish in the Selby District of North Yorkshire, England, on the banks of the River Aire. Situated almost equidistant between the towns of Pontefract and Selby, the village dates back to at least the 11th century when it was listed in the Domesday Book (as Chelinctone).[2] The semi-rural community grew in size with the advent of local mining as housing was built to accommodate the workers of nearby Kellingley Colliery.


Kellington centre
Location within North Yorkshire
Population991 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE551249
Civil parish
  • Kellington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGOOLE
Postcode districtDN14
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

Due to its location at the southernmost tip of North Yorkshire, the village is close to the borders of West, East and South Yorkshire. Its proximity to both the A19 and M62 major roads has resulted in a steady population growth, although to a lesser extent than its neighbour, Eggborough.

The low-lying ground that separates the village from the River Aire has given rise to a history of flooding the surrounding farmland, most recently in 2000.

The Selby District Councillors for the village are local husband and wife team, John and Mary McCartney. John is also the North Yorkshire County Councillor for the division of Osgoldcross, which includes Kellington.

In 2008 the continuation of Kellington as a separate village was put at risk because of a proposal to turn it, along with neighbouring Beal and Eggborough, into a new town, under a scheme being promoted by the then Labour government of building so-called eco-towns around the country. This specific proposal was put in by a Leeds-based developer, GMI. Led by John and Mary McCartney all three villages rose up in anger. Using imaginative media stunts, innovative campaigning, sending thousands of emails and letters to decision makers and local and regional newspapers, lobbying those decision makers and attracting TV coverage the villagers were within a year successful.


Sitting in the shadow of nearby Eggborough Power Station, Kellington has a variety of housing, with traditional country cottages, council housing and modern housing estates. The village is served by a pub, hotel and restaurant, Kellington Manor Hotel, which was previously known as Tree Tops and also as Squires, a small public house, The Red Lion. The small convenience store and the village Post Office have now both closed and the old Vicarage which was a guesthouse was demolished. There is a care / retirement home in The village The majority of local children attend Kellington County Primary School, which as of January 2018 was serving 117 pupils.[3]

Notable places

Of interest in Kellington is the local parish church, St Edmunds, dating back to at least 1185, its gate posts were built in 1698 and are under a protection order.[4]

Located just inside the village boundary is Beal Carrs, a watered area formed in 1999 as a result of extensive flooding. Popular with birdwatchers, the Carrs are visited by Kestrels, Grey Herons and other birds and wildfowl.

Blackburn and Scotland Under 21 Tom Cairney grew up in Kellington

HMS Kellington

A Ton class minesweeper Kellington was named after the village.


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