Cottingley, Leeds

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Coordinates: 53°46′16″N 1°34′59″W / 53.771°N 1.583°W / 53.771; -1.583

Church in Cottingley, Cottingley Towers (forward) and Cottingley Heights (rear)

Cottingley is an urban area in the south-west of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Cottingley falls within Beeston and Holbeck ward of the Leeds City Council, and is classed as an area of Beeston. The area includes Cottingley Hall Cemetery and Crematorium, run by the Council.[1]

Cottingley Hall Estate[edit]

Most of Cottingley is a council estate. The Cottingley Hall estate was built in the 1970s, replacing an estate of temporary prefabricated housing that had previously been on the site.[2][3] The estate was built on 'New Town Principles' (similar to Bransholme in Kingston upon Hull), the estate is set around a series of cul de sacs, segregating large volumes of traffic from housing and pedestrians. This method of building has often been criticised as creating a 'rabbit warren', impractical for the local police. Although on larger estates of similar style this causes a problem, the effects on Cottingley have been minimal.

The two tower blocks (Cottingley Towers and Cottingley Heights) situated on a hill at the centre of the estate were at the time Leeds's tallest flats. They were built in 1972 and refurbished in 1989.[4]


Cottingley railway station serves the area. It is situated on the Leeds to Huddersfield line and was opened in 1988. The Church in Cottingley is a Methodist one, part of a building which is also a community centre.[5] The local school is Cottingley Primary Academy.[6] Adjacent to the cemetery is Junction 1 Retail Park which includes a B&Q warehouse and a Burger King, the Aldi supermarket and Maplins closed down in June 2018. There is a small precinct on the estate, this did have a pub, the Cottingley Arms but this has been closed a number of years. There are a small number of shops in the precinct. The White Rose Shopping Centre is a short walk away.



  1. ^ "Find cemeteries and crematoria". Leeds City Council. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Cottingley Hall Estate, plans". Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Construction of the new estate in Cottingley". Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Cottingley Heights". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ "The Church in Cottingley". Wordpress. 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Cottingley Primary Academy". Academies Enterprise Trust. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

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