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Cuwich 1197. 'Cow farm, dairy farm'. Old English cu + wic.
'A Dictionary of English Place-Names', Oxford University Press

Once a retaurant, now a pet shop Gyme Corner The old River Don before it was diverted

The church is modern, but traces of a moated tower said to have been built by John of Gaunt are still in the park, where there has been a hall since Tudor times. The house we see is imposing, but its great days are gone. In the park are old beeches and great elms, and a magnificent chestnut said to be one of the biggest in England. A rare possession is a maidenhair tree with broad fan-shaped leaves, one of the few growing in England, and one of the farthest north. A native of China and Japan, where it is often seen in temple gardens, it is known to have been common long before man was on the earth, fossils of it having been found embedded in the rocks.
'The King's England', edited by Arthur Mee

The Village Pub The Village Church The Entrance to Cowick Hall

So big it was split in two, Cowick is the international headquarters of Croda Chemicals Plc. This company had its first factory in nearby Rawcliffe Bridge and now has interests all over the world. The roads from Goole, Selby and Thorne meet at Gyme Corner where there is also a great pond to go swimming and fishing in summer. The pub, the Bay Horse, is frequented by a pondering old man and his dog who sit outside in the beer garden watching the world go past.

Visitor Comments

Posted by GOOLE ACTION GROUP at 20/03/2006 20:10
My dad once got done for riding his motorbike too fast round Gyme.
That was before my time though. Pre-War.
His dad came to Goole to begin life in the metropolis c.1900.
And I'm still stuck here!
Posted by Stan at 23/01/2007 20:48
I grew up in East Cowick before mains drainage had arrived! Anyone else remember the stinking open ditches we used to dare each other to jump across? I remember that the bend by the Bay Horse was a real accident spot. I also recall the old village cricket pavilion being an ancient ex double decker tram!
Posted by Linda Archer at 04/09/2007 16:14
My ancestor Jane Mosley born 1616 married Sir Christopher Dawnay, Knight & Baron of Cowick.

Janes Mosley's parents were John Mosley & Elizabeth Trigott (married 1612 in York)

John Mosley's Father was a Thomas Moslaye born 1539 died 1624 Sheriff,Alderman & twice Lord Mayor of York in 1590 & 1602
Posted by Wilf at 15/11/2007 09:47
The old tram at Cowick mentioned above by Stan was recovered and taken to the tram museum at Crich near Matlock Derbyshire for restoration where I saw it about 15 years ago. It wanted quite a bit more than just a coat of paint. Regards to all. W
Posted by corby bunting at 23/07/2008 15:10
The Pond at Gyme corner.
Whilst growing up in Goole I was always told that the pond was bottomless. I always questioned this fact. That if it was bottomless ,did it go right through to Australia? For years I have thought about this fact and when I visited Goole on numerous occasions. With my family they would always comment. "Theres the bottomless pond dad" Last month my eldest son, now 47 visited Cowick on buisiness from here in Southampton. He called me to tell me that they had filled in the bottomless pond. I know that many other kids had been told this yarn. I wonder where it originated?
Posted by Robert Ward at 25/07/2008 17:42
Just to confirm Corby's memory, yes we were told it was bottomless too.
Posted by fiona at 10/10/2008 22:29
I was also told this story and apparently the road curved round it at such a sharp angle as they believed that it was bottomless.
Someone told me that a coach and horses disappeared into the pond without trace. I can vaguely remember some tests being done on it in the 1970s that proved it wasn't so, but there was a very deep layer of silt. Is it true then that it has now been filled in?
Posted by KD at 15/05/2010 22:21
As a child I was also told the story that a stage coach and horses were in the bottomless pond. Yes it's been filled in. A pink miniature lilac flowers on the site every year.
Posted by shawn at 27/08/2010 21:31
we moved from goole to cowick in 1937and i lived there till 1954 the gyme pond was fed by a spring which eventuly petered out it was very deep and because of the depth of mud it was impossible to find the bottom when police divers tried to recover some loot that had been dumped in there they had to give it up as a bad job the tale about the coach and horses was alive then but it was a good place to fish but to swim in it was rather dangerous because of the amount of rubbish thrown in we used to catch eels and pike when food was on ration but they tasted a bit muddy we would put the eels in fresh water for a couple of days to get rid of the muddy taste but the pike was eaten the same day but they were the boniest thing i;d ever eaten and the moat at the back of cowick hall was a play ground to us
Posted by Debbie Cowick at 11/08/2011 16:02
Can anyone tell me how the villages of Cowick got their name? As you can see, my husband's family name is the same.
Posted by Bill at 11/08/2011 19:19
Debbie, there is one explanation of the place name at the top of this page.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 24/10/2012 18:06
RE: Arthur Mee's quote on the top of the page.
Does anyone know if the Maidenhair (Ginko Biloba) tree is still at Cowick Hall?
Posted by Paul at 14/01/2016 12:29
Re the Pond at Gyme.
Was past there recently and can confirm it is now well filled in, overgrown and to be honest it looks a right mess !! could do with a few more lorry loads of soil to tidy it up a bit.

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