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Cockerham is a small village and civil parish within the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Lancaster and 15 miles (24 km) north-northwest of Preston. Located on the River Cocker, at the estuary of the River Lune, it has a total resident population of 558. Cockerham has lain within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire since the Middle Ages having previously formed a township and parish within the hundred of Lonsdale and district of Lancaster. Between 1894 and 1974, Cockerham lay within the Lancaster Rural District.

Medieval life of Cockerham manor has been recorded in the Custumal of the Manor of Cockerham, compiled in 1326–1327 and revised in 1463. The custumal, a record of rents and services owed by the tenants to their landlord, combines a local code of laws with an inventory of all resources of the land, from peat fuel, cattle and sheep to shoreline mussels. The tenants were forbidden to trade local fuel to the “strangers” who collected mussels on the shore. The local church is St. Michael’s. Close by are the remains of Cockersand Abbey. The village is famous for Wallings Farm, which sells homemade ice cream and has the Pudding House cafe and gift shop. The village also has a pub, the Manor Inn.

 

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