infobox UK place
country = England
City of Wakefield
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster= Pontefract and Castleford
postcode_district = WF11
Knottingley is a town within the
metropolitan boroughof the City of Wakefieldin West Yorkshire, Englandon the River Aireand the A1 road. It has a population of 17,000.
Until 1699, it was an important inland
river portbut, in that year, the Aire was made navigable as far as Leeds. Nonetheless, Knottingley remained a centre for boat building into the twentieth century. After 1870, the town also became known for glassmanufacturing.
The town is served by
Knottingley railway station.
Knottingley is famous as a glass manufacturing town [ [http://www.knottingley.org/history/glass_industry.htm] Glass manufacturing] , and in 1887
Bagley's Glassworkspurchased the rights to the first bottle making machine invented by a Ferrybridgepostmaster [ [http://www.knottingley.org/history/glassmakers.htm] Bottle making] .
Close to Knottingley is the
Ferrybridge Power Stationwhich has the largest cooling towers of its kind in Europe. These towers can be seen for miles around. One of the oldest purpose built cinemas in England is still standing in Aire Street, but has now been converted into flats.
The town is one of the few in the
United Kingdomto still have a working coal mine - Kellingley Colliery.
Knottingley means "the
clearingof Cnotta's people", from the Old English personal name "Cnotta" meaning " knot", describing a small, round man and -"ingas" "people of" + "leāh" "wood, modern lee, not the same meaning as Leah (personal name)". The name was recorded as "Cnotinesleahemm" in 1128.
During the three Sieges of
Pontefract Castle, Oliver Cromwelltook residence in the town of Knottingley, believed to be in Wildbore House. Wildbore house was demolished and the land beneath was turned into a quarryfor the limestoneunderneath.
Knottingley currently has one high school, "Knottingley High School and Sports College". There are a number of primary schools: England Lane Junior and Infant School, Ferrybridge Infant School, Ferrybridge Roundhill Junior School, Knottingley Church of England Junior and Infant School, Knottingley Vale Junior and Infant School, Simpsons Lane Junior and Infant School and Throstle Farm Junior, Infant and Nursery School.
There are sixth-form colleges in nearby
Pontefract, Wakefieldand Selby.
Famous Knottingley residents (past and present),include:-
Ben Thompson, Former Marshall of Austin, Texas.
Terry Cooper, Former Leeds United& Englandfootballer. Currently Southampton's European scout.
Graham Steadman, Former York Wasps, Featherstone Rovers, Castleford Tigers& Great Britain Rugby League footballer.
Wayne Godwin, Bradford BullsRugby League footballer, and also played for Knottingley Rockware ARLFC.
Austin Tate, Director of AIAI(Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
It is also the last place in the
British Empireto have a Bear-baitingarena.
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