The village of Darrington.
Darrington village is a few miles south east of Pontefract. It is semi-rural, with a few fields of greenbelt separating it from Carleton village to the west and Pontefract to the north west. The village has at it’s heart an ancient Church dedicated to St Luke and All Saints. It is recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086AD as having a Church and a priest. The Church is a Grade One listed building. It is a building of outstanding beauty and architectural significance.
Car parking is available for people visiting the Church or the Reading Room, at the top of Church Lane, which is on the north side of the village approximately half-way between the new traffic lights at the junction with Marlpit Lane, and the A1 / Great North Road. Sunday services are held at 10.45am, and a Thursday service at 10.30am. Both are followed by coffee and visitors old and new are very welcome.
Adjacent to the Church is Darrington CE J&I Primary School, a well-regarded school with onsite nursery provision. It has good community and Church links. A medieval tithe barn and dovecote stand between the Church and the Old School. A parish hall serves as a community room. A post-office is held there on Monday and Thursday mornings as some afternoons. There is a parents and toddlers group there on Thursday mornings. Other groups which meet there can be found elsewhere on this website.
Darrington is picturesque, and offers opportunities for food and drink at the Kyte Hotel, Darrington Hotel, and the Spread Eagle as well as at the Mid-Yorkshire Golf Club. Conference facilities and wedding receptions can be organised at the Mid-Yorkshire Golf Club, the Kyte Hotel and the Darrington Hotel. Those who wish to travel just a little further maybe interested in the facilities offered by the Wentbridge House Hotel in Wentbridge or Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel in Thorpe Audlin, at Kings Croft in Pontefract. They offer ideal wedding reception venues.
Darrington is an oustanding place to live. A village field hosts an annual Feast and Fayre. it also has children's play equipment, gymn equipment and a basketball hoop. A village shop offers necessities, as well as papers and a place to meet. On Monday mornings a coffee morning is held in the Reading Room on Philip's Lane. Darrington village has good road links, with the A1 running through the village, but on an overpass. The M62 and A1M both run through the Parish of Darrington and the staff team regularly pray for those who travel through the village as well as the emergency services. It is on a bus route between Leeds and Doncaster via Castleford and Pontefract. House prices are rather high, but the village is a delight to live in with circular walks and plenty of character.