Cothelstone, a parish in Somerset, among the Quantock Hills, 2 miles NE of Bishops-Lydeard station on the G.W.R., and 6½ NNW of Taunton. Post town, Bishops-Lydeard, under Taunton; money order and telegraph office, Bishops-Lydeard. Acreage, 1455; population, 216. Cothelstone House is the seat of the Esdaile family. Cothelstone old manor-house, now a farmhouse, is an ivy-clad edifice in a singular style of architecture, with series of pillars decorating the front, and forming large oblong windows, and has the 1 arms of Stawel over the doorway. Cothelstone Hill is 1250 feet high, and commands a very extensive view. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £230. The church contains some ancient monuments, and is good.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Hundred||Taunton and Taunton-Dean|
|Poor Law union||Taunton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Cothelstone 1664-1715, Somerset is available to browse online.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Cothelstone from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Cothelston)
Online maps of Cothelstone are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.