Cottam, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Coordinates: 54°04′06″N 0°28′54″W / 54.068375°N 0.481665°W / 54.068375; -0.481665

Cottam is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
 Cottam shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 108 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SE994646
Civil parish Cottam
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district YO25
Dialling code 01377
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament East Yorkshire
List of places

Cottam is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the village of Sledmere. It lies west of the B1249 road.

The civil parish is formed by the hamlets of Cottam and Cowlam. According to the 2011 UK census, Cottam parish had a population of 108,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 74, which was the lowest population figure of any East Riding of Yorkshire civil parish in 2001.[2] RAF Cottam was built as a bomber airfield in the Second World War but was never used for flying.[3] Later the runways were used for bomb storage and the buildings were demolished in 1980.[3]

Cottam Chapel

Cottam was previously a medieval village that was deserted. All that remains today is a small, derelict church (which itself dates from the 19th century).

Origin of word[edit]

A Cottam, as confirmed by the Oxford University History department derives from the word Cottage. It means a collection of cottages at the end of a lane.


  1. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Cottam CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Area Profiles - Cottam" (PDF). East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "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.