Saturday, 10 August 2013

Cottingham Grange Yorkshire

The name of Cottingham derives from the name of a 5th century Anglo-Saxon tribal chief and means  'Homestead of Cotta's people'. Cotta is derived from an Acient Briton female deity called ‘Ket’, in turn derived from the Celtic for wood, ‘ Coed’. Cottingham Grange was built in 1802 but the Ringrose family had lived in the area since the seventeenth century. William Ringrose lived here in 1820, the time of his portrait painting:

By 1865 the Ringrose family owned 1200 acres in Cottingham, reduced to just 570 acres by 1907. The Ringrose family also owned over 1000 acres and Sarum Manor House from 1870 to 1931.

The Grange was requisitioned during WW2 for officer’s quarters and barracks were built to the south east of the grounds. Some of the barracks still stood until the 1980s. The WW2 Operational Base for Cottingham North Auxiliary Unit Patrol was hidden underneath the green house, entered via the nearby Boiler House. The entire Patrol almost died from the boiler house fumes on one occasion but were rescued by a Unit Member (who was a GP) who had been out on patrol and discovered the unconscious group on his return.

Cottingham Grange was demolished around 1951 to make way for a new secondary school. A school still stands on the site today.


  1. My grandparents Elsie and Len Turner leased the Grange Gardens from the 1920s to 1950 and ran a florists on the land. My Mother was born 1929 and brought up in the Grange Garden cottage. Maureen recalls playing on the Lions,watching the bombing of Hull reflected in the greenhouses,my Grandfather and great Uncle Kitch digging out the Home Guard/secret army base and ammunition dumps under the greenhouses and garden fields, as well as many memorable child days before during and after the war. A piano playerand singer from an early age she used to be taken to entertain the men.billeted around the area and in the Tiger Pub. The lease was revoked in 1950 to make way for the University development and the family moved into a tempporary home for displaced people in Priory way,still working as florists and gardeners.

  2. hi my name is paul and the assistant site manager at cottingham high school which i look after the grounds side .i have seen the old bolier house at the greenhouses and have heard about an entrance but cant find it or it has been filled in .i dont suppose you have any other info about the grounds as i also in in cottingham thanks