Beal is a village and civil parish in the District of Selby in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Aire, 3.5 miles (6km) north-east of Knottingley, 8 miles (13km) south-west of Selby, and 21 miles (34km) south of York. The parish includes the village of Kellingley, and borders the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. At the 2001 census it had a population of 720 increasing to 738 at the 2011 census.
The name Beal is of Old English origins and means “Nook of land in a river-bend”. It is composed of the elements beag (“river bend”) and halh (“nook of land”). The village was recorded as Begale in the Doomsday Book of 1086.
Kellingley Colliery was the last operating deep coal mine in the United Kingdom, until its closure in December 2015