Place:Cowlam, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesCowlamsource: from redirect
Coletunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Colnunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 306
Cowlam Villagesource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) p 188
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
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 alsoBuckrose Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Driffield 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
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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 once 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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Cowlam was originally an ancient parish in Buckrose Wapentake in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In 1866 the status of civil parish was introduced and this was taken on by most ancient parishes and also by their subsidiary townships if they were of any size at all. In 1866 Cowlam, which had no townships, became a civil parish. In 1894 it became part of the Driffield Rural District of the East Riding.

Humberside 1974-1996

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 to the west and to the north which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The phrase "Yorkshire and the Humber" serves no purpose in WeRelate. It refers to one of a series of basically economic regions established in 1994 and abolished for most purposes in 2011. See the Wikipedia article entited "Regions of England").

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 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 expand to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • For a discussion of where to find Archive Offices in Yorkshire, see GENUKI.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.
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