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"COTHELSTONE, a parish in the hundred of Taunton, in the county of Somerset, 5 miles N.W. of Taunton, and 2 from Bishop Lydeard station. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £58, in the patronage of Viscount Kingston. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury, is a plain, small building, consisting of chancel, south aisle, and tower with six bells, and contains some beautiful monuments to the Stawells. Here is a hill 1,250 feet above the level of the sea, from the summit of which a view of eleven counties may be obtained. E. J. Esdaile, Esq. is lord of the manor, and resides at Cothelstone Park." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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