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East Riding
St Mary Cowlam.jpg
St Mary's Church, Cowlam
Grid reference: SE965655
Location: 54°4’35"N, 0°31’36"W
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25
Dialling code: 01377
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Cowlam is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, two and a half miles south-east of Cottam (to whose civil parish it is assigned). The hamlet sits among the Yorkshire Wolds, on the B1253 Bridlington to North Grimston road, seventeen miles north of Beverley.

The hamlet contains eight houses and two farms.[1]


Site of the mediæval village of Cowlam

Cowlam was previously a Bronze Age encampment, evidenced by earthworks half a mile from the hamlet,

Older names for the settlement were 'Colume' and 'Coleham', and the Domesday Book lists the manor as 'Colnun', with eighteen geld units, and contained three ploughlands. In 1066 the lordship was held by Ketilbert, who held thirteen manors in the north of Yorkshire. Cowlam was transferred in 1086 directly to the King.[1][2]

A later mediæval village was here, which was deserted in the late 17th century.[1][3]


The church of St Mary at Cowlam is one of the churches on the Sykes Churches Trail.[4] It is a small mediæval church with a Norman font, and was restored in 1852 to a design by Mary E. Sykes, daughter of Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet. The living of the parish was held by the family of Barnard Foord Bowes.[5]

The church is a Grade II listed building.[6]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Cowlam)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cowlam", The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds, Driffield Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019
  2. Cowlam in the Domesday Book
  3. "Cowlam". University of Hull. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  4. "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. 
  5. Lewis, Samuel. "'Cowgill - Coxley', in A Topographical Dictionary of England". 
  6. National Heritage List 1083789: The Church of St Mary (Grade II listing)
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 4. 
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