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Cowbit

Description and Travel

Cowbit is both a village and parish about 3 miles south of Spalding. The River Welland forms part of the western border, with the area called Deeping Fen across the river. Crowland parish lies to the south and Weston parish to the east. The area is about 4,500 acres of flat fenland, drained by many small canals. By 1913, the parish had been reduced in size to about 1,950 acres.

In 1842, Cowbit was a small village. The South Holland Drain runs through the village on its way to the River Nene to the east. If you are planning a visit:

Cowbit village sign

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Archives and Libraries

Local Library: (JB)

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Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 606
1851 H.O. 107 / 2096
1861 R.G. 9 / 2323
1871 R.G. 10 / 3317 & 3321-3322
1891 R.G. 12 / 2562
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Church History

Cowbit St. Mary parish church

Cowbit St. Mary parish church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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History

*The Preston Guardian: Saturday, January 3, 1846; Issue 1740.*

A MAN SHOT IN MISTAKE FOR A WILD DUCK -- On the night of Tuesday last, a person named GOODERSON, while in his fowling skiff in Cowbit Wash, fired at what he considered to be a group of birds; but was horror-struck when he immediately afterwards discovered the object of his aim was his old comrade JACKSON, who like himself was in pursuit of birds; but faint hopes are entertained of poor JACKSON's recovery.
*The Ipswich Journal: Saturday, February 3, 1810; Issue 3987*

On Tuesday evening, the 18th inst. a melancholy accident happened on the river Welland. An aged woman of the name of HAYNES of Cowbit had been to see some of her friends in Deeping Fen, and in her way thither in the morning, had crossed the river upon the ice. two of her friends, fearful that she might meet with some accident in re-crossing the river in the evening, kindly offered their assistance to accompany her over the water; and the party had got nearly half over, when the ice broke, and the three women were immersed in the river. Mrs HAYNES, and a young woman of the name of Ann EVERARD, a servant of Mr Parr were drowned.

*The Leeds Mercury:Saturday, February 3, 1810; Issue 2324* also had an account of this tragic accident. They add the other lady in the party "was with difficulty extricated and has since recovered."
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Land and Property

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Military History

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Names, Geographical

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 366
1831 556
1841 664
1871 648
1881 637
1891 473
1911 507
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