history and maps

Cottingham - name, size and location

Ancient and Roman Britain

Angles, Saxons and Vikings 

Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Domesday Book

The Hundreds

Rockingham Forest

Rockingham Castle

landowners & copyholders

The Church, tithes and glebe

Kelly's Directories a



Parliamentary 'enclosure' took place in the late 18th/early 19th Century, which in effect was the partitioning of land with hedges by leading local landowners. This was effected by petitioning parliament for an 'enclosure award'. Enclosure took place in Cottingham and Middleton in 1813.

Enclosure meant that a lot of previously common land, where the locals would have grazed their animals, was suddenly off bounds. In nearby Wilbarston, villagers rioted when the local landowners came in to try and enclose the fields!

Medieval England & Domesday Survey

16th Century

Copyholders (1614 to Present)