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The village has two greens, North Green and South Green, which are divided by the busy A605 road, which runs through the village. There is a small shop (Spar) which includes a post office. Coates has a church, a chapel, a village hall and a primary school. Local businesses include a Chinese takeaway (Lucky House), two pubs (The Carpenters Arms and The Vine), a violin shop (Simon Watkin Violins) and a number of farms. It also has a war memorial on north green. The village has its own fishing lake. It was awarded Fenland's best kept village in 1993. It is famous for its Petanque competitions as people from different countries such as the Netherlands and Austria come to compete.
There is a well supported traditional annual Village show with classes for farming, gardening, winemaking, cooking and photography, this being held jointly at Holy Trinity church and the Methodist Chapel.
The origins of the name are from the word 'Cotes', a corruption of cottages. The village is referred to on ancient maps as 'Moreton's Cotes', with reference to Bishop Morton.
- "Coates War Memorial". Roll-of-Honour.com. 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Cordell (1953), R. B. Pugh, ed., The Victoria History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, IV, London: Oxford University Press, p. 133
- David Seymour (10 August 2012). "Special report: Churches fighting to keep the faith". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
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