Five reasons to visit Anlaby, Hull
PUBLISHED: 13:09 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:36 24 October 2015
A handful of reasons why Anlaby should be on your must-visit list. Photographs by Paul Weeks
1 It has a rich history...
Anlaby is an ancient village that first appeared in the Domesday Book, when it was home to just 19 people (including a priest).
A square structure with an eight-foot deep moat known, perhaps not surprisingly, as Moat Hill on the western edge of the village is thought to have been built in the 14th century and to have included a manor house.
Anlaby Hall was built in around 1680 and extended and modified in the 18th and 19th centuries, while Anlaby House came along in the late 1900s, was extended during the following century and has now been converted into luxury housing.
The East Yorkshire hamlet remained quite small until the mid-1800s, when it still rested in an entirely rural parkland setting, but the popularity of its churches – the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist – coupled with the impressive growth of its near neighbour, Hull, meant it was already fast becoming the popular residential area it is today.
2 It takes leisure seriously...
Haltemprice Leisure Centre in Anlaby is the busiest centre of its kind in East Yorkshire, offering all manner of sports and leisure pursuits from swimming to aerobics to more than one million visitors a year.
It was built on King George’s Playing Field and officially opened in 1974 by Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a four-minute mile.
Almost 40 years on, ambitious plans are afoot to invest £6 million in the centre, bringing other useful services under the same roof, such as a doctors’ surgery and library. The redevelopment, due to begin in the spring, will also include renovated sports halls, an extended fitness suite, newly-laid outdoor pitches, a cafe and additional parking.
‘The council realises the value our residents place on having access to high-quality leisure facilities, libraries and customer service provision,’ said East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby.
‘We had more than 1.1m visitors to Haltemprice Leisure Centre in 2011-12, which made it the most well-used leisure centre in the East Riding. The refurbishment will put it at the forefront of leisure facilities in the UK.’
3 It has good village shops...
Anlaby Road is the main shopping street at the heart of the village. It has seen some setbacks in recent years, with traders going out of business due to the recession and competition from bigger boys on the block, but it retains the backing of the residents.
They want the council to encourage more trade by tidying up the main road into Hull a little and lowering rates, while the council insists the area has enjoyed significant investment through the Gateway programme.
In the meantime, more and more people are making good use of Anlaby Retail Park in Springfield Way, where big name chain stores like Marks & Spencer, Next, Asda, Brantano and Costa Coffee have outlets.
4 It has a thriving community...
Anlaby is a village with real heart – and that heart seems to beat loudest at St Peter’s Church.
‘We take pride in the way we welcome and cater for people of all ages,’ said the Reverend Steve Wilcox. ‘Traditional services include quiet, spoken, old prayer book communion, morning prayer and holy communion with hymns, while our more modern Praise for All service features a worship band and a big screen for the words.
‘The family of St Peter’s also aims to provide a resource for the wider community, offering a whole host of social activities and groups. Our work with children and young people is particularly flourishing, with children’s activities offered at our traditional and informal Sunday services .’
It seems everyone, young or old, church-going or not, is always welcome at St Peter’s Church.
5 It could be home to the next Wiggo...
Exciting new facilities for cycle racing are being lined up for Costello Stadium on the outskirts of Anlaby in the hope of finding youngsters with the pedal-power of Olympic and Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins.
Full details of the scheme which has excited much of the village have yet to be confirmed, but Councillor Terry Geraghty has said that a velodrome is among key options under serious consideration and that land has already been set aside.
He insists it will be a boon for the entire city of Hull, not just Anlaby: ‘I’ve never been parochial about these things. I look for what’s best for the city.
‘Getting money spent on leisure has always been my goal. If there’s any money to be had, I’ll be fighting for it.’