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Cowlam is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Cowlam shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE965655
• London 175 mi (282 km) S
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
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
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

Cowlam is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds approximately 2 miles (3 km) east of the village of Sledmere. It lies south of the B1253 road, and forms part of the civil parish of Cottam.

Site of the medieval village of Cowlam

Cowlam was previously a medieval village that was deserted after the Black Death. The church of St Mary, Cowlam is one of the churches on the Sykes Churches Trail.[1] It is a small medieval church 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.[2]

Cowlam consists today of six farms, the Church, the Rectory, three cottages, four houses, a bungalow and a bus shelter (although not on any known bus route). Most Cowlam inhabitants descend from families that have lived in the hamlet for many decades working on the surrounding land.[citation needed]

Due to its location high on a hill it experiences extremes in weather, becoming snowed-in nearly every winter even when the local town of Driffield is bare.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. 
  2. ^ 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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