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Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Cottingham, a village, a township, and a parish in E.R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the Hull and Scarborough railway, 4¼ miles NW by N of Hull, has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Hull, and was once a market-town. The parish includes Raywell and Eppleworth, and under the Hull Extension and Improvement Act of 1882 a part of it is now included in the municipal borough of Hull. It is governed by a local board. Total area, 9820 acres; population, 10,153. A moated baronial fortalice of the Lords Wake stood here on Castle Hill, and was burnt down in 1541. A monastery of Augustinian canons also was founded here in 1324 by the Wakes. On account of its proximity and accessibility a number of merchants and professional men of Hull have their residences here. Part of the land consists of market gardens, from which the Leeds, Hull, and other markets are supplied. An intermitting spring flows at intervals of two or three years. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York; gross value, £288 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Chester. The church is cruciform, Early English, and Perpendicular, erected about 1272, has a lofty central tower, and contains several monumental brasses, one of them perhaps the finest in the kingdom. The perpetual curacy of Newland is a separate benefice. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, and a parochial mission hall.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishCottingham St. Mary the Virgin 
Poor Law unionSculcoates 

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtHU16
Post TownCottingham