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Cothelstone, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 CountySomersetshire 
HundredTaunton and Taunton-Dean 
Poor Law unionTaunton 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Cothelstone 1664-1715, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

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 Cothelstone from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA4
Post TownTaunton