Cowers Lane

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Cowers Lane
Cowers Lane is located in Derbyshire
Cowers Lane
Cowers Lane
Cowers Lane shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK306469
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BELPER
Postcode district DE56
Dialling code 01773 55
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
53°01′08″N 1°32′42″W / 53.019°N 1.545°W / 53.019; -1.545Coordinates: 53°01′08″N 1°32′42″W / 53.019°N 1.545°W / 53.019; -1.545
The Railway Inn, Cowers Lane
The Cross Keys pub is just South West of Cowers Lane

Cowers Lane is a settlement in Derbyshire bordering Shottle near Belper, Derbyshire England along the A517 road. In Norman times, Shottle Park was one of the seven parks within Duffield Frith. [1]

It was the site of a large shelter for cattle belonging to the Duchy of Lancaster who owned the Frith. It is generally believed that the name is the local dialect equivalent of "Cow House Lane".[2]


  1. ^ Turbutt, G., (1999) A History of Derbyshire. Volume 2: Medieval Derbyshire, Cardiff: Merton Priory Press
  2. ^ Bland, J., (1922) Duffield: Village, Church and Castle, Derby: Harpur and Son
    "Cowhouse Lane has a post-office, and the official Post-Office Guide prints the name "Cowers Lane." My father, who deplored the loss of old associations. once asked the then post-master there how this came about. His answer was to this effect: "One day a letter came from the head office, asking me which was the correct name, 'Cowhouse,' or 'Cowers,' so I counted the letters which had come that morning, and as there were more addressed ' Cowers' than 'Cowhouse,' I replied that Cowers was correct." It therefore became and remains, officially, Cowers Lane; so carelessly are place-names distorted and historical connections lost."