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Coates, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Coates, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village lies on the Thames and Severn Canal, 1½ mile NNW of Tetbury Road station on the G.W.R., and 3½ miles W by S of Cirencester. It has a post office under Cirencester; money order and telegraph office, Cirencester. The parish comprises 2568 acres; population, 450. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £300 with residence. The church is partly Norman, and was restored in 1860.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishCoates St. Matthew 
HundredCrowthorne and Minety 
Poor Law unionCirencester 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1566.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

Chapel of Ease, Tarlton

The small chapel of ease, to that of St. Matthew, is a building of stone in the Norman style, and consisting of nave and chancel: it has been restored at the expense of the late Miss Gordon, of Kemble, and affords 70 sittings.

St. Matthew (parish church)

The church of St. Matthew is an interesting building of stone, in the Transition-Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with lofty pinnacles containing 2 bells: the Norman south doorway has zig-zag mouldings: there is a fine trefoil-headed piscina in the aisle, and a rood screen with rich tracery and beaded carving: the font consists of a Norman bowl on a modern pedestal: the church was entirely restored and reseated in 1860, and several of the windows have since been filled with stained glass: there are 270 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Coates from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Coates are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL7