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Cowlam, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Cowlam, a township and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire, 5½ miles E by N of Sledmere station on the N.E.R., and 6¼ NW of Driffield. Post town, Sledmere, under York. Acreage, 2052; population, 59. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; net value, £170 with residence. The church was built in 1852 on the site of an older one, and has an ancient Norman font.

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 
Poor Law unionDriffield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Cowlam:

1799-1914 1840-19301861-1977

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cowlam from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Cowlam are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following East Riding newspapers online:

CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO25
Post TownDriffield