Cowling, Craven

Cowling, Craven

Coordinates: 53°52′59″N 2°02′49″W / 53.883100°N 2.047000°W / 53.883100; -2.047000

Cowling is located in North Yorkshire

 Cowling shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SD969429
Parish Cowling
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KEIGHLEY
Postcode district BD22
Dialling code 01535
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Skipton & Ripon
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Cowling is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is a village consisting of 1,000 to 2,000 residents. The village is expanding due to new housing built around the outskirts of the village. The village comprises two shops, one pub, two restaurants, a chip shop, a chemist's, a hairdresser's and a village hall.



The village is Saxon in origin and is recorded in the Domesday Book as 'Collinge'. The name means Coll's people or tribe. At the time of the Norman Conquest the main landowner was Gamel who had very large land holdings in Yorkshire. His name survives in Gamsgill on the northern edge of the village.

Originally the village comprised three separate hamlets namely Ickornshaw, Middleton, Gill and Cowling Hill. It was only following the construction of the main Keighley to Colne road (A6068) and the building of large mills alongside the road that what is now regarded as the main village was constructed providing terraced cottage homes for the mill workers. The older parts of the village faded in importance and as a result the parish church and village school are located on what appears to be the outskirts of the village between Ickornshaw and Middleton, the centre of the village having moved since their construction.

The mills continued to operate and to provide the main source of local employment until the end of the 20th century but are now all closed down and their sites largely redeveloped for housing. The village is now very much a dormitory village for those working in the surrounding towns of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. It is the base for a licensed community radio station, Drystone Radio.

Famous people from Cowling

Philip Snowden, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the first two Labour governments, was born in the village; when awarded a viscountcy in 1931, his full title was "Viscount Snowden, of Ickornshaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire". Snowden's ashes were scattered on Ickornshaw Moor and there is a memorial cairn to Snowden to mark the fact that he "died in the love of his native land".[1]


  1. ^ Colin Cross, "Philip Snowden", Barrie & Rockliff, 1966, p. 345.

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