Place:Cottam, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesCottunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.066°N 0.491°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 1894-1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Cottam is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the village of Sledmere. It lies west of the B1249 road.

The civil parish is formed by the hamlets of Cottam and Cowlam. According to the 2011 UK census, Cottam parish had a population of 108, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 74--the lowest population figure of any East Riding of Yorkshire civil parish in 2001.

Previously Cottam was a medieval village that was deserted. All that remains today is a small, derelict church (which itself dates from the 19th century).

Historically, Cottam was in the ecclesiastical parish of Langtoft in the wapentake of Dickering. From 1894 until 1974, Cottam was located in Driffield Rural District.

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 Cottam. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Langtoft provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Cottam.
  • 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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