Place:Coates, Cambridgeshire, England


Coordinates52.56°N 0.07°W
Located inCambridgeshire, England

The village of Coates is located 2½ miles east of Whittlesey. The village was subject to an Enclosure Act in 1840.

The Reverend Joseph Russell Little (b. 1832) in his memoires describes Coates as follows:

"Coates is a large village surrounding a wide green, whereon many a flock of nibbling geese did stray... The cottagers also collectively kept a herd of cows, donkeys, &c."
"Coates was a great reservior of farm labour, and many of the labourers, whose work lay at a distance from their homes, kept a donkey... and rode or drove their little carts afield; in harvest whole families were thus transported for the day to the field of operations."


There is a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on the North Green, dating from 1833. The Anglican church is nearby, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, built in 1840. The parish registers begin in 1850.

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For CMB prior to 1850, see in particular the parish registers of St Mary's and St Andrew's Churches, Whittlesey.