About Cottingley

Cottingley is a village within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District and was referred to in the Domesday Book as "all waste"

Cottingley was part of Bingley Urban District Council until 1974. In April of that year it became part of the
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

In 1861 Cottingley had 667 inhabitants
Farms in Cottingley in 1861
Stocka Gate Farm - John Booth farmer
Stocka Close Farm - Isaac Booth farmer - 60 acres
Main Street Farm - Joseph Sowden farmer - 27 acres
Cottingley was then a small village with only three main streets. There were 142 houses, some thatched cottages without chimneys and a mill, a tannery and five or six farms.
Manor farm had a room filled with straw called Christie or Christy, for the itinerate Irish labourers at harvest time, and a field called Butcher Bill.

In 1921 Cottingley parish had 751 inhabitants.
In 1991 Cottingley had 4847 inhabitants

2001 Census
Present Population - 4492 (Note: The mid-year population figures for Bradford District used in official documents is 200 higher than these Census day (29th April 2001) populations)
Present Number of properties - 1954
Owner occupied - 1463
Council tenancy - 276
Other tenancy - 137
Detached Houses - 329
Semi-detached Houses - 1000
Terraced Houses - 412
Flats, conversions & shared dwellings - 213
Census (Bradford area)1991 & 2001

It's boundaries are: River Aire from Beckfoot to Branksome Drive, Nab Wood School, Cottingley Cliffe Road as far as Long Lane, Cottingley Moor Road, Stocka House, Lee Lane up to March Cote Farm, it skirts Blackhills Scout Camp then meets Harden Beck making its way down to Beckfoot.

It includes such places as Noon Nick, New Brighton, Quebec, Fairy Dell, Shipley Golf Course, Cottingley Moor, Shipley High Moor, Bankfield Hotel, Cottingley Hall Nursing Home, Yorkshire Clinic

Geologically the area consists of millstone grit with the lower slopes covered with boulder clay and some alluvial deposits. Cottingley beck cuts a deep narrow channel flowing north to the River Aire. It rises in a patch of boggy ground in Allerton Road and flows down under Sandy Lane/Haworth Road. At Sandy Lane Bridge it enters an area of deep Glacial Till. Into this the beck has dug a twenty to thirty feet deep narrow gorge crossed by a road bridge at Lee Lane. It then flows through a wooded area, with the waterfall at the rear of Lynwood Terrace, past the Cottingley Town Hall, under the road at the bottom of main Street and down to the river.

We also have the signs of a glacial drift. Crow Coal mixed with Galliard of approximately 75 ft in thickness was found in the area.

Rough rock runs down the valley to the north of Cottingley. To the south it again had coal measures. Old mine shafts litter the fields either side of Cottingley Cliffe Road. These are shown as either Old Coal Pits or Coal pits on the 1852 map of the area, which seems to suggest that some were still being worked in 1852.

Two articles regarding Old Cottingley, written by Harry Pratt for The Bingley Guardian in 1947, are available in pdf format. Articles in PDF form
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