Cluster of Nuts Car Park

Twenty one members of the retired mens’ social group, who meet in Wetherby’s Garden of Rest, proposed to call the Hallfield Lane Lorry Park when it was converted to a long stay facility – The Cluster of Nuts Car Park.

“If they just end up calling the space the Hallfield Lane Car Park it’s not particularly interesting,” he added.

According to club member, Ian Leadley, the proposed name has historic links to old Wetherby’s cherished past. “The name relates to the old row of cottages that once stood on the lorry park years some years ago,” he said. “Calling it The Cluster of Nuts would remind older residents of the good old days and inform younger residents of Wetherby’s heritage.

There were cottages at the head of Horsefair on the junction with Hallfield Lane and Grafton Square (now Walton Road). This area was known locally as the “Cluster of Nuts”. It was never clear why they had such an unusual local name.

However it has been said that he was told that the name “Cluster of Nuts” was given because the cottages were built in a semi-circular shape. They curved round from Hallfield Lane to Grafton Square. They had their own laundry which had an archway entrance.

Most buildings in Wetherby were built from limestone which was quarried all over the town. The ”Cluster of Nuts” cottages were built of red/brown bricks. They were supposedly made at Moss Carrs Farm.

Many thanks to Ian Leadley from the Wetherby Historical Trust for sending some of this article and pictures to the We are Wetherby Facebook page.
(Northyorkshirenews.com, 2008)