KnottingleyCopyright Betty Longbottom


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Postcode: WF11 | code search
Population: 17000
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Knottingley, inextricably linked with Ferrybridge, is a West Yorkshire town whose history is tied to travel and industry, and remarkably it has managed to retain certain elements of that industrial history as thriving enterprises today, providing employment for many of its population of some 17,000. The name of Knottingley is derived from the Anglo-Saxon, and originally meant the clearing belonging to Cnotta’s family (or possibly Knut’s). This was indeed an Anglo-Saxon settlement, though the ancient monument of Ferrybridge Henge shows it was significant long before then. The crossing over the Aire at Ferrybridge was of importance for many centuries. A bridge was built there in 1198, and another to replace it two centuries later. Located on the Great North Road linking London with York and Edinburgh beyond that, the town became an important staging place for the coach traffic on that route. The traffic continued to develop until in 1804 it was necessary to build a wider bridge to cope. This bridge was also made higher to allow easier passage of the barge traffic on the Aire and Calder Navigation. Knottingley was an inland port of some note, the last navigable point on the Aire until the Aire and Calder Navigation enabled barges to make it to Leeds. Indeed there were shipyards in the town building and maintaining both inland vessels and seagoing ones. Pottery was a significant industry for the town from the 19th century until as late as the 1940s, when the Australian pottery, opened to cater for that country’s needs, finally closed. Glass was also important, and remains so. And the town has Kellingley colliery still operating, helped by the proximity of the huge power station at Ferrybridge (its enormous cooling towers impossible to miss as you drive past on the A1). Given its position Knottingley is easy to access, travelling the A1 up or down the country or the M62 across it. It’s a good central point for racing fans, with Pontefract on the doorstep and York, Wetherby and Doncaster an easy car trip away.

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Wentvale Court (0.58 miles)

Wentvale Court
A warm welcome awaits you at Wentvale Court Hotel offering a high standard of bed and breakfast, licensed accommodation located in historic Knottingley between Pontefract and Castleford in the heart of West Yorkshire.

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Premier Inn Pontefract North (0.78 miles)

Premier Inn Pontefract North
Within easy reach of the A1(M) and M62. This hotel makes a great base from which to explore the historic city of York, along with other local attractions such as Pontefract Racecourse. For shops and ... More | visit website
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Travelodge Pontefract Ferrybridge A1 (0.91 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Pontefract South (2.53 miles)

Premier Inn Pontefract South
Conveniently located for Pontefract train station. For shops and local amenities Pontefract town centre is only 3 miles away. If it's a day at the races you're after Pontefract Racecourse is just 2 miles from ... More | visit website
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Malt Shovel Hotel (2.62 miles)

Malt Shovel Hotel
At the Malt Shovel Hotel our modern basic clean bedrooms are fully equipped with everything you’ll need for a decent nights’ sleep and an enjoyable stay. Fresh clean sheets as well as a TV, free ... More | visit website
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Kyte Hotel (2.67 miles)

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Our stylish bedrooms are fully equipped with everything you’ll need for a good nights’ sleep and an enjoyable stay. Freshly laundered crisp white cotton sheets, a quality duvet plus curtains ... More

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Premier Inn Castleford M62 Jct 32 (3.48 miles)

Premier Inn Castleford M62 Jct 32

Ideally located within easy reach of the M62, junction 32. Local attractions include Castleford Xscape and J32 Outlet Village. Conveniently located for Glasshoughton train station. Our Castleford M62 Jct 32 Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, ... More | visit website

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Kings Croft Hotel (3.58 miles)

Kings Croft Hotel

King's Croft is a family owned private Hotel in its own parkland setting, and looking due South over a patchwork of farmland. This beautiful old Georgian House with its Adam fireplace come under a preservation ... More | visit website

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Monk Fryston Hall Hotel (3.77 miles)

Monk Fryston Hall Hotel

Welcome to Monk Fryston Hall Hotel, a stately manor house, dating from the 12th Century deep in the Vale of York. Monk Fryston Hall Hotel, with its oak panelling, inglenook fireplaces and stone mullioned windows, ... More | visit website

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Old Vicarage Hotel (3.77 miles)

Old Vicarage Hotel

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Just 25 minutes south of York on the A19, the Old Vicarage, with en suite rooms, large gardens and private parking, is only 1 mile from exit 34 of the M62. ... More

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