Collingham is a village in the city of Leeds and is situated between Linton and Wetherby. The village has a beautiful mix of Georgian, Victorian and 20th century housing. The area surrounding Harewood Road has primarily detached homes, while the houses near Wetherby Road are some of the oldest. With plenty of amenities, great schools and parks as well as close proximity to the city centre, Collingham is the perfect neighbourhood for families.
THINGS TO DO
The Collingham and Linton Sports Association (CALSA), which is the home of the Collingham and Linton Cricket Club boasts facilities including three squash courts and football and cricket pitches. In addition to a cricket team, there are tennis and hockey teams. The River Wharfe passes through the village and attracts an array of wildlife, making it a beautiful backdrop during afternoon strolls. Meanwhile, Stockeld Park has a maze, play areas and provides children with plenty of seasonal adventures which include go karts in the summer and an ice skating, Nordic skiing and a Christmas shop in the winter.
EATING & DRINKING
Within the village, there is a popular Italian restaurant called Piccolino on Main Street. Its beautiful outdoor patio, which boasts picturesque views of the countryside, perfectly complements the restaurant’s delicious cuisine and wine. There is only one pub, the Half Moon Inn on Harewood Road. Additionally, the squash club owns and operates a bar. Just outside the village limits in Wetherby, there are numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs to explore.
Although Collingham’s proximity to nearby towns provides easy access to several amenities, shops and supermarkets, the town also has many of its own. There is a post office, a GP's surgery which provides both NHS and non-NHS services and a Tesco Express. There are also a handful of shops located in the Elizabeth Court shopping centre, including a pharmacy, a dentist, a delicatessen, clothing boutiques and a dry cleaner.
There are several excellent schools in Collingham and the surrounding areas of Linton and Wetherby. They include:
- Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ Church of England Primary School
- Bardsey Primary School
- Deighton Gates Primary School
- Primrose Lane Primary School
- Crossley Street Primary School
- Wetherby High School
- Gateways School
The A58 trans-Pennine road is the main road in Collingham. The A659 also passes through the village. Collingham is serviced by the X98 and X99 buses which connect the village to Leeds city centre 11 miles away and the Wetherby Deighton Bar. The village is approximately 20 minutes by car to the Leeds Bradford Airport.
Collingham’s architecture is an eclectic mix of old-world and modern buildings. A demolition of most of Collingham’s city centre in the 1960s and 70s, drastically altered the village’s character – despite this, its beauty and charm remain. Now, stone buildings, such as those in the Elizabeth Court Shopping Precinct reflect the old, while newer facades help usher in a new era in Collingham, which has seen very little new construction in recent years.
DID YOU KNOW?
Legend has it that Oliver Cromwell spent the night at the Half Moon Inn after the Battle of Marston Moor.
The area was also home to Percy Shaw, who was a professional boxer between 1932 and 1935.