Cottingham is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, lying just to the north-west of the city of Hull. With a population of over 17,000, Cottingham claims to be the largest village in England.
The poet Philip Larkin lodged in Cottingham when he was first appointed as Hull University librarian in 1955. His first digs (which he hated) were Holtby Hall, a student residence which was formerly the home of the parents of the author Winifred Holtby. In 1985 Larkin was buried in Cottingham Cemetery. His plain white gravestone is inscribed simply:
OS grid reference TA 056 331
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