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Wetherby Area Guide

Wetherby Bridge Image courtesy of Flickr user Tim Green

The historic market town of Wetherby is situated on the banks of the River Wharfe at the centre of the Yorkshire triangle of Leeds, York, and Harrogate. Wetherby Bridge is a Grade II listed ancient monument which has spanned the river for more than 700 years. A midway point between London and Edinburgh, the town's situation on the Old Great North Road led to the establishment of around 40 ale houses and coaching inns dating back to the 18th Century.

Victorian architecture is evident in many parts of the town, as well as more modern dwellings resulting from significant redevelopment from the 1940s through until the 1980s. Wetherby has a mix of residential areas including the affluent Linton Park View and Spofforth Hill, as well as industrial districts such as Sandbeck. Manufacturing is a major source of employment, with the nationally recognised company Goldenfry starting out as a fish and chip shop in the town. One of the UK's leading IT resellers and service providers in the UK, the ICC group, is based in Wetherby and currently supports 80% of the country's power stations.

A prominent location for horseracing since Roman times, Wetherby Racecourse has been based at its current site since 1891. The course stages jump races and is considered to be one of the country's finest jumping tracks. An internationally recognised award winning floral town, Wetherby has achieved much success over the years for its involvement in the RHS Britain in Bloom initiative.

Demographics

The ward of Wetherby has a population of 22,000 and the immediate town has a population of around 12,000 which is continuing to grow.

Employment in Wetherby is largely provided by the retail and manufacturing sectors as well as the British Library and The Forensic Science Service. However, a significant number of residents in the town commute to work in nearby York, Harrogate, Bradford, and Wakefield.

Education

The town of Wetherby has three primary schools including Crossley Street Primary School, Deighton Gates Primary School, and St Joseph's Primary School.

The main secondary school serving the town is Wetherby High School, a specialist technology college. A further secondary school in nearby Boston Spa is also within catchment area for children in Wetherby.

Leeds City College is the core provider of further education for Wetherby. Additional provision is offered by larger colleges in the area including Leeds College of Art, York College and Thomas Danby College, and Leeds College of Technology.

The closest universities to the town are the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University. There are also four smaller universities located in York, Bradford, and Huddersfield.

Transport

Part of the Market Place in Wetherby has been pedestrianised making it easy to explore the town centre on foot. The bus station offers regular routes around the town and its residential and industrial areas, as well as farther afield to Leeds, Harrogate, and York.

The A1(M) links motorists to the north and south of the country via the motorway network.

The closest mainline railway station can be found in Leeds and air travel can be accessed at Leeds Bradford International Airport in Yeadon.

Amenities and Shopping

Wetherby is a fantastic location for shopping, with a wide selection of independent boutique stores tucked away along the narrow town centre streets. There is also a pedestrianised shopping centre, superstores, well known retail chains, a weekly market and a regular farmers' market. Food and drink are readily available in the many inns, pubs, cafés and restaurants in the town.

The arts and culture offering is supported by the presence of a small cinema as well as the annual Wetherby Festival, a month-long celebration of music, theatre, comedy, poetry, literature, history, and more. The town is also home to a range of sporting facilities including rugby, golf, bowling, swimming and football, and there are several private members clubs. Wetherby is also the starting point for the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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