Place:Cowlam, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameCowlam
Alt namesColetunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Colnunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Cowlam Villagesource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) p 188
TypeHamlet
Coordinates54.068°N 0.525°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoDriffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1935
Cottam, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandneighbouring civil parish into which it was absorbed in 1935
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Cowlam is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the village of Sledmere. It lies south of the B1253 road.

Cowlam was previously a medieval village that was deserted after the Black Death.

Cowlam consists today of six farms, the Church, the Rectory, three cottages, four houses, a bungalow and a bus shelter (although not on any known bus route). It is a peaceful location with most of the inhabitants descending from families that have lived in the village for many decades working on the surrounding land. Due to its location high on a hill it experiences extremes in weather, becoming snowed in nearly every winter even when the local town of Driffield is bare.

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Historically, Cowlam was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Buckrose. From 1894 until 1935, Cowlam was located in Driffield Rural District. In 1935 Cowlam was absorbed into the neighbouring civil parish of Cottam.

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.



Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Cowlam. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Cowlam provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Cowlam.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.


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