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We hope as many residents as possible will get involved and be an active part of our community.  For now, feel free to comment on articles or send any feedback or questions to info@cotonvillage.co.uk.

Coton is lies to the west of Cambridge less than a mile from the edge of the built up area. The village is just beyond the M11 and away from the main road network, although the A1303 passes just to the north of the village. The parish covers 392 hectares (970 acres). The central and west side of the village is a ‘cul-de-sac’ with no major through route. Along with the limited size of the village, this is considered key to promoting village culture and a healthy sense of community.

History and settlement

Coton parish boundaries follow the former open fields of Cambridge and Barton, and the Cambridge-St Neots road to the north. Several ancient ways cross the parish. The Bin Brook runs from east to west of the parish and south of the village settlement. The parish was originally dependent on Grantchester. Village remains and the former manor site of Coton D’Engaine lie to the south and east of the parish church. The main farms were held by Cambridge Colleges until this century; Catherine Hall Farm is now owned by Cambridge Preservation Society. Coton Countryside Reserve now covers a large portion of land to the south of the village.

The parish church by the former village pond and small green, dates from the twelfth century and was restored in 1863-80. Most of the farmhouses, cottage rows and farm buildings date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and are built of brick. Nos. 44 and 46 is the exception; this mid sixteenth century timber-framed building has an original two storey porch. Catherine Hall farmhouse dating from the seventeenth century has a nineteenth century model farmyard which dominates the High Street.

The open fields were enclosed in 1803 and, apart from meadowland beside the brook, the land is farmed as arable.

Recent planning history

Development has taken place along Cambridge Road and in a narrow ribbon along The Footpath which leads to Cambridge. Significant private housing estate development took place in the 1960’s and early 1970’s to the west of the village south of Whitwell Way. More recent development includes the residential conversion of Catherine Hall Farm which lies within the Conservation Area and on the edge of the Cambridge Green Belt.

The population grew from 520 in 1951 to 740 in 1971. By 2001 it had decreased to 773.

Services and facilities

There is a post office, garden centre, fresh produce and general store located at Polhill Garden Centre on Cambridge Road. The village also has a gastro pub (The Plough), the parish church, a village hall, a recreation ground and a primary school with five classes. An area of allotments are located to the north of the properties along the Footpath.  The village is a vibrant community and many clubs and societies are well attended.   See paper copies of the Coton Community News for further information.

 

 

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Churchyard Planting Plans: Have Your Say

Churchyard Planting Plans: Have Your Say

St Peter’s Church has applied to the Diocese for formal permission (a faculty) to change the management of the churchyard to make it more pollinator friendly and also to extend the space reserved for the interment of ashes. We have now reached the stage...

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article: Let’s get Histon & Impington buzzing!

article: Let’s get Histon & Impington buzzing!

Link to article on Histon and Impington news hub 

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Coton Network 2nd May 2020

Coton Network 2nd May 2020

          How it works If you send a message to coton-network@googlegroups.com, it goes to everyone. If you reply to an individual message that you receive through the group, it will only go to everyone if you also copy the group...

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Madingley Hall Food Services

Madingley Hall Food Services

From Monday 4th May the Institute of Continuing Education is launching Madingley Hall Food Services, which combine the provision of delivered food hampers and hot takeaway meals. They’re hoping the food hampers provide a valuable home delivery...

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Fish and Chips van in Coton.  Menu

Fish and Chips van in Coton. Menu

 

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The Plough Coton.  Delivery menu

The Plough Coton. Delivery menu

 

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Green bin collections suspended

Green bin collections suspended

News release Thursday 19 February 2020 Green bin collections suspended Green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May.   The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service,...

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Launch of Coton Network

Launch of Coton Network

Coronavirus has reminded us that we’ve been thinking for some time of setting up a village network to help each other out if we run out of essentials or if we’re ill. If your usual network of friends and relatives isn’t available, please ask the...

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Busway Protest March 8 February 2020

Busway Protest March 8 February 2020

Saturday 8 February 10.30am Meet at Junction of Wilberforce Road and Adams Road at the end of the Coton Footpath. The march will end in the centre of town in the Market Square. OR Meet other marchers at 10.45am at the junction of Queen’s Road...

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Coton loves Pollinators – in the beginning

Coton loves Pollinators – in the beginning

  Coton Loves Pollinators is a grassroots project which was set up by a group of Coton residents to enhance the village of Coton and the 300 acres of the Coton Countryside Reserve for pollinators. Coton Loves Pollinators is working with a range...
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