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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.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.

 

 

Cotonvillage.co.uk Team

M11 Closures May and June

M11 Closures May and June

NATIONAL HIGHWAYS – M11 JUNCTION 12 TO 14 M11 junction 12 to 14  Essential road marking refreshment works will be carried out on the M11 between junction 12 and 14. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, and better-defined...

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Church Restoration Summer 2021

Church Restoration Summer 2021

Updates from Alan Storkey, Churchwarden: 5 August 2021 After a lot of examination, the treatment of the drainage system on the South Side of the church has been worked out. The two pipes from the drains at the West end neat the tower were blocked...

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Village Busway Meeting

Village Busway Meeting

Tuesday 23 February 2021 on Zoom 7-8pm Coton Parish Council, together with the Coton Busway Action Group (CBAG), will hold a meeting online to brief you all on the latest developments with the Cambourne to Cambridge busway, how it impacts on Coton, and...

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Did you know?

Did you know?

The GCP plans to build a busway from Cambourne to Cambridge, but is it a busway or is it a road? The proposed Cambourne to Cambridge tarmac busway (C2C) is in danger of becoming a reality. CBAG was formed to oppose the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s...

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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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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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How the Busway will affect Coton village

How the Busway will affect Coton village

Here are some “before” and “after” photographs of the landscape around Coton which will be affected by the current Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) plans to build an off-road busway next to the village.
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