Coates, Cambridgeshire

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North Green, Coates
Grid reference: TL308975
Location: 52°33’36"N, 0°4’12"W
Postcode: PE7
Dialling code: 01733
Local Government
Council: Fenland

Coates is a village in Cambridgeshire, a small place close to the larger village of Whittlesey in the Great Fen.

The village has two greens, North Green and South Green, which are divided by the busy A605 road that runs through the village. There is a small shop which includes a post office. Coates has a church, a chapel, a village hall and a primary school.

Local businesses include a Chinese takeaway, two pubs (The Carpenters Arms and The Vine), a violin shop and a number of farms. It also has a war memorial on north green.[1] 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 Holland and Austria come to compete.

There is a well supported traditional annual Village show with classes for farming, gardening, winemaking, cooking and photography.


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 Moreton.


Holy Trinity was designed by architect James Wild]] in a brick interpretation of the Norman style and built in 1840.[2]

The Methodist church on the North Green opened in the early 1840s, but closed in August 2012 when it faced £100,000 refurbishment costs.[3]

In popular culture

Part of the filming for the 2007 war film Atonement starring Keira Knightley was filmed outside Coates at the end of Eldernell Lane.

Outside links

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  1. "Coates War Memorial". 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. Cordell (1953), R. B. Pugh, ed., The Victoria History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, IV, London: Oxford University Press, pp. 133 
  3. David Seymour (10 August 2012). "Special report: Churches fighting to keep the faith". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2012.