Written and published by the Cowling Local History Society in 1980, 156 pages. A4 size spiral bound book (SN1WSO)
The book has been printed on one side only, and the page numbering runs on one side only too.
From the preface: An attempt has been made in this book to record what is known of the old rural community village of Cowling. It is the work of a group of people with the common aim and desire to document the strong oral tradition which still prevails in this moorland parish. This tradition is in some respects the last remnant of an ancient culture, whose dialect and individual characteristics we are in danger of taking for granted; as if we had said to ourselves, 'My grandfather remembers that, it cannot possibly be history!' The result of this attitude would be the loss of much of our treasured heritage.
The Craven Institute of Further Education were responsible for evening classes from September 1974 to December 1976 where the early history of our parish was collected and filed. These classes resulted in the formation of the Cowling Local History Society who continued their research work, the outcome being this publication - 'Cowling - A Moorland Parish' .
Some may feel that there are important omissions, but space at our disposal, and the wish to produce a book within the financial reach of all has of necessity been a restraining influence on our enthusiasm. We trust that our efforts will bring pleasure to this and future generations of Cowinheeaders and 'off cum'd uns' alike, who we hope will learn to appreciate the ingrained characteristics, of what is, a truly Yorkshire moorland parish. The contents include:
Origins and Early Development
Structure of the Community
Roads and Transport
How they worked
Concerns of the Community
Leisure: Sporting Activities, Fairs, Social Events,
The Wainmans Carr Head and Estate
1st World War, 2nd World War
Dialect Words and Phrases
The condition of the book is generally a little poor, but is perfect as a reading copy or reference for study. The plastic covers are tatty and grubby, with lots of scuffs, blemishes, creases and wear, and the front cover has become partially detached from the spiral binding along the bottom edge. All other pages are intact, unblemished and bound.