Wetherby is a historic market town in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It is officially part of the city of Leeds and well within the LCR (common shortening for Leeds City Region). It stands on the River Wharfe, and has been for centuries a crossing place and staging post on the Great North Road between London, the Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, the NE of England and Edinburgh. It is listed in the Domesday Book and was granted a Royal Charter in 1240 to hold markets.
The village of Boston Spa lies to the south-east; other villages nearby are Sicklinghall and Kirkby Overblow, and Linton, home to Harrogate Linton-on-Ouse Airport.
As a result of its situation on the main road, many inns were established here, still used today by travellers, many of them tourists on their way to the Yorkshire Dales and Harrogate.
Wetherby is known for its racecourse. Opposite the racecourse is Wetherby Young Offender Institution.
The town's railway station (now closed) was a junction on the line between Harrogate and Church Fenton which gave access to Leeds.
Wetherby gave its name to Wetherby Place in London and thence to Wetherby School in London, which used to be located in Wetherby Place.
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