Cottam, Yorkshire

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East Riding
Cottam Chapel.jpg
Cottam Church of the Holy Trinity
Grid reference: SE994646
Location: 54°4’6"N, 0°28’54"W
Population: 108  (2011)
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25
Dialling code: 01377
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Cottam is a hamlet in the Yorkshire Wolds, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This place is to be found to the west of the B1249 Skipsea to Staxton road, sixteen miles north of Beverley, and four miles east of Sledmere.

The 2011 census counted a parish population of 108.


According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, Cottam derives from the Old English 'cot' (plural: cotum), meaning "a place at the cottages or huts". In the Domesday Book the manor is named as 'cottun'[1] It had of nine geld units—taxable units assessed by hide area—and contained five ploughlands. In 1066 the lordship was held by Ulf of Carlton, who held sixteen manors in the north of Yorkshire, transferred in 1086 to the Archbishop of York, who was also Tenant-in-chief to the King.[2]

The mediæval village here has become deserted. All that remains today is the now derelict Church of Holy Trinity which was rebuilt in 1818 and again in around 1890. The font of the first Norman church on the site is now in Langtoft church.

In 1823, Edward Baines' recorded that 'Cotham' was in the parish of Langtoft, the wapentake of Dickering, and the Liberty of St Peter's, and noted a chapel of ease to the parish church at Langtoft. The population of sixteen included a curate and a gentleman farmer.[3]

RAF Cottam was built as a bomber airfield in the Second World War but was never used for flying.[4] Later the runways were used for bomb storage and the buildings were demolished in 1980.[4]

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  1. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  2. Cottam, Yorkshire in the Domesday Book
  3. Baines, Edward (1823): History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York, p188
  4. 4.0 4.1 "RAF Cottam airfield". Robert Truman. 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 4.