5 reasons why you should move to Cottingham
PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 February 2020
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people
Cottingham lays claim to the title of England's largest village, in terms of population - and with a population of over 17,000, it has the look and feel of a small town. It's also perfectly placed for commuting into the city of Hull on its southern doorstep, while the lovely market town of Beverley is only a couple of miles away to the north. But what really strikes you on a first visit is a sense of community, built on a long history - the village was founded by the Anglo Saxons, who called it 'Cottingaham', meaning 'the homestead of Cotta's People'. Viking influences linger in its street names, while the Normans built a fortified manor house, Baynard Castle, abandoned in the 1300s with only remnants of its moat visible today. In the 18th century, Cottingham became Hull's garden, producing vegetables, flowers and soft fruit for the city's markets: and wealthy businessmen built fine country houses as the village thrived with the coming of the railway in 1846. Housing estates and university halls of residence at The Lawns replaced the market gardens in the 20th century, as Cottingham became home to thousands of Hull University students and staff. Today's Cottingham has a warm heart, and no-nonsense people with a genuine pride in where they live - and with new homes springing up around the edges, it's certainly not stuck in the past.
Popular with commuters, especially to Hull but also further afield with the M62 nearby, Cottingham is the final stop on the Yorkshire Coast railway. Trains take just nine minutes to reach Hull's Paragon Station, with through services to Sheffield, York, Bridlington and Scarborough, and - not many villages have this - two direct trains each weekday to London. Frequent buses also run to Hull, into the early hours of the morning at weekends - ideal for nights out in the big city.
BAG A PROPERTY
Seasoned style rubs shoulders with the best of the new here. Period Victorian properties close to Cottingham's heart go for upwards of £500,000, offering generous space and plenty of character - while new-build homes continue to spring up to the north and west of the village centre, close to the by-pass leading directly to the M62 and the Humber Bridge.
Those looking for rural delights will find much to like to the west in Skidby, whose leafy lanes lead to the historic Skidby Mill, home of the Museum of East Riding Rural Life which recalls the area's proud farming heritage.
Newcomers should begin at the Market Green, where an 18th century cottage is home to the Parish Council - pick up a guide inside to a historic walk around the village, and stroll a few steps along Hallgate to the village's dominant landmark, the beautiful church of St Mary The Virgin dating back to the 1300s.
Don't miss a stroll along picturesque Church Walk, to the right of the church door, passing the village's old church hall and former workhouse - and at the other end of Hallgate, the pretty West Green which once marked Cottingham's western boundary.
CAFÉ AND COCKTAILS
Blondes Café on King Street brands itself as 'East Yorkshire's first 100 per cent vegan, cruelty-free eatery' and is justly renowned for its vegan-friendly delights, served in a relaxed dog-friendly atmosphere.
Home-made cakes, coffee and a jazzy soundtrack are to be found at Pearl's Place on Hallgate - or step into the late 17th century Duke of Cumberland inn on the Market Green for a traditional Yorkshire pub lunch served in Cottingham's oldest building.
Think locally owned and independent - many of the smaller stores along Cottingham's two main shopping streets have been serving the community for generations. The Bourne boutique on King Street is a popular destination for ladies' contemporary clothing, footwear and accessories, including exclusive styles under its own label - while foodies will head for Mr Smith's Deli on Hallgate, where delicious savoury delights jostle alongside seriously indulgent cakes to make anyone's sweet dreams come true.
The Art Market on Hallgate is an award-winning and independent gallery with over 20 years' experience and regular customers from as far away as the USA. The team organise commissions to create a unique and exclusive piece, while works for sale are sourced from the region's up and coming talent as well as the famed Yorkshire-born artist with the East Riding at heart, David Hockney.