COTHERSTON, a township, in the parish of Romald-Kirk, union of Teesdale, wapentake of Gilling-West, N. riding of York, 3¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Barnard-Castle; containing 566 inhabitants. The township comprises 8228 acres, of which 5084 are common or waste. The village is pleasantly situated on the south bank of the Tees, and is celebrated for the making of cheese, similar in quality to "Stilton." There is a manufactory for carpets. Here are the remains of a castle that belonged to the Fitz-Hughs, lords of the manor, but was destroyed in one of the devastating inroads of the Scots. The tithes have been commuted for £108. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, and Wesleyans; and a national school.