Cowlam is a hamlet in the Cottam civil parish of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, and in the Yorkshire Wolds. The hamlet is on the B1253 Bridlington to North Grimston road, 17 miles (30 km) north from the county town of Beverley, 2 miles (3 km) east from the village of Sledmere, and 2.5 miles (4 km) north-west from the parish hamlet of Cottam. The hamlet contains eight houses and two farms.[1]

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St Mary's Church, Cowlam
Cowlam is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE965655
• London175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtYO25
Dialling code01377
UK Parliament
List of places
54°04′35″N 0°31′36″W / 54.076395°N 0.526616°W / 54.076395; -0.526616Coordinates: 54°04′35″N 0°31′36″W / 54.076395°N 0.526616°W / 54.076395; -0.526616


Site of the medieval village of Cowlam

Older names for the settlement were 'Colume' and 'Coleham', and the Domesday Book lists the manor as 'Colnun'. Cowlam in 1066 was in the Hundred of Toreshou, of eighteen geld units—taxable units assessed by hide area—and contained 5.6 households and 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 king William I.[1][2]

Cowlam was previously a Bronze Age encampment, evidenced by earthworks, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the hamlet, and a later medieval village that 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 medieval church with a Norman font, and was restored in 1852 to a design by Mary E. Sykes, daughter of Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet. In 1966 the church was designated a Grade II listed building and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Cowlam", The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds, Driffield Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019
  2. ^ Cowlam in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Cowlam". Beresford's Lost Villages. University of Hull. Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group.
  5. ^ Historic England. "The Church of St Mary (1083789)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 4.

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