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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 & glebe

Kelly's Directories


The Kelly's, Post Office and Harrod & Co Directories were very much like today's Yellow Pages. They contained a list of all the businesses and tradespeople located in a village, along with details of the local gentry, landowners, charities and facilities.

The extracts below are the main pages from these directories for Cottingham and Middleton.

You will see that many of these directories make reference to there having been a hospital for leprous persons in the village in the time of King Henry III. However, according to Peter Hill's book 'Rockingham Forest Revisited' this is incorrect, with Cottingham having been mistaken for nearby Coton, a village which has since disappeared.

With the exception of the 1870s Directory, all of these directories can be viewed in full on the University of Leicester's searchable database of historical directories at www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/index.asp


Post Office Directory, 1854

Kelly's Directory, 1870s

Harrod & Co Directory, 1876

Kelly's Directory, 1890

Kelly's Directory, 1903

Kelly's Directory, 1906

Kelly's Directory, 1914