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Great Coates is a village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire. It is to the north-west and adjoins the Grimsby urban area. The northern part of the parish extends to the Humber Estuary foreshore. When you visit Great Coates, Walkfo brings Great Coates places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Great Coates Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Great Coates

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Great Coates history

A human habitation at Great Coates dates to at least the 11th century: Great Cotes (as Cotes) is mentioned as a Manor in the Domesday Book, and in four associated entries. The manor included a church, mill, and 300 acre meadow. Taxed at 1.3 gelds, the manor comprised 6 villagers, 10 freemen and a priest. The Church of St Nicolas dates to around 1200 AD and was extended in the 13th century. Aisles and the chancel were added in the 1300s, the tower in the 14th or 15th century and, in the late 1700s, the clerestory and north aisle window were added. Restoration work took place in 1865, by James Fowler and, between 1929 and 1930, there were repairs to the roof and a new east window, with work undertaken by W. and L. Bond. The clockface, to the east, was made by Thwaites & Reed, and it dates to 1806. The rectory to the church dates to the late Georgian period. There was a medieval manor at the south end of the village, now evidenced by remains of the manorial moat. John Sandale, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Bishop of Winchester, held the manor of Great Coates and was granted Free warren there in 1313; Sandale’s grant was ‘to his heirs for ever’ (et heredes sui imperpetuum). Also granted in 1313 was the right to the manor’s ‘wreckage of the sea and all animals called waifs, found within the said manor’ (wreccam maris et animalia que dicuntur waifes, in manerio suo predicto). In October 1697 antiquary Abraham de la Pryme recorded the moated site in Great Coates as containing a brick built religious house, with “turrits like the old buildings, and somewhat in the walls of the walls of the gaithouse, which seems to have been niches for images, tho’ now bricked up”. In 1821, the parish of Great Coates comprised 171 residents and 46 houses, in c. 1837 36 houses and 237 residents. The Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway was constructed c. 1845, and Great Coates railway station was built in 1848. In c. 1887 the village consisted of the church, rectory (early 19th century, now The Old rectory), a Wesleyan chapel, and around 20 dwellings including the substantial Manor House (c. 1878), and Great Coates House, as well as with the station less than 1/2 mile northeast of the traditional centre (church and manor site). Outside the village the parish was rural, with enclosed fields and drainage channels, with no other habitations of any significance, excluding Pyewipe farm to the northeast. This development in the parish was mostly unchanged until 1950: the Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway which passed through the northern part of the parish opened 1912; and terraced housing was built on Woad Lane north and south of the station in the early part of the century. Additionally a biscuit factory (Watmough and Sons Ltd) had been established east of Woad Road, and north of the railway line by the 1930s. Watmough became part of Scribbans and Kemp in 1948 (later known as Kemps Biscuits, and later became part of United Biscuits). United Biscuits closed its factory in 1995, which then employed several hundred people. Today the Original Factory and Site is owned by HSH Coldstores who has developed and modernised the site into a Cold Storage Facility officially known as HSH Coldstores Lewis Howard Avenue. (Lewis Howard Avenue is the name of an internal access road built on the site in 2015). After the Second World War the Humber Estuary bank between Grimsby and Immingham was industrialised. (See Industry of the South Humber Bank) British Titan Products Co. Ltd. (later BTP Tioxide, closed c. 2009) and CIBA Laboratories Ltd. established large chemical plants in 1949 and 1951 in the northern part of the parish, adjacent to the estuary (see Ciba, Grimsby, and Tioxide, Grimsby) The A180 road was built in the 1970s, and passes through the parish. In 1968 Great Coates parish was absorbed into Grimsby. The urban spread of Grimsby reached Great Coates village by the 1980s with The Willows housing estate, and industrial estate development reaching the eastern edge of the village; the Wybers Wood estate had been built to adjoining the south of the village by the end of the 20th century. By the 1990s development of Grimsby had begun to extend beyond Great Coates, with the development of Grimsby’s Europarc. In 2003 Great Coates was restored as a parish from Grimsby. In 2013 two people were killed at Great Coates level crossing when their car was hit by a train. The inquest reported that the driver ignored the crossing warning light and attempted to drive around the barriers; the inquest heard that the driver’s judgement may have been impaired by cannabis use.

Great Coates geography / climate

The modern parish consists of a narrow strip of land around Woad Lane/Station Road running southwest–northeast with Great Coates railway station at the approximate centre. Northeast of the strip, on the far side of the A180 road the parish expands to include the Moody Lane industrial estate, and the industrial plants of Novartis and the former Tioxide plant. Urban and industrial development has made Greate Coates essentially contiguous with Grimsby.

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Best Great Coates places to visit

Great Coates has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Great Coates’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Great Coates’s information audio spots:

Great Coates photo West Marsh
West Marsh is a ward of the North East Lincolnshire Unitary Council with a population of 7,754 at the 2011 census. Its northern and eastern boundaries are formed by the Alexandra Dock. The area is split centrally by the southeast–northwest flow of the River Freshney.
Great Coates photo Grimsby Auditorium
Grimsby Auditorium is the largest professional theatre in Lincolnshire. Built in 1995, it is one of the larger theatres in the East of England.
Great Coates photo Grimsby Minster
Grimsby Minster is a minster and parish church in North East Lincolnshire. Dedicated to St James, the church belongs to the Church of England and is within the Diocese of Lincoln.
Great Coates photo Nunsthorpe
Nunsthorpe (sometimes known locally as ‘The Nunny’, or by its nickname of Garden City) is a suburb and housing estate in the western part of Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. There are over 2,400 homes on the estate, mostly former council properties now owned by the Lincolnshire Housing Partnership. To the west lies the Bradley Park Estate which contains around 430 dwellings, also mostly LHP properties.
Great Coates photo Stallingborough
Stallingborough is a village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,234.

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Great Coates has 1 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Great Coates plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Great Coates using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Great Coates plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.