Description in 1871:
"COTES, a township in Prestwold parish, Leicester; on the river Soar, near the Midland railway, 1 mile NE of Loughborough. Real property, £1,246. Pop., 55."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-1872]



  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2277
1871 R.G. 10 / 3260
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518

Church History

  • There appears to be no Anglican parish church in Cotes.

Church Records

  • The church would have been in the rural deanery of East Akeley.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Cotes is a village, a township and was, for a period, a parish. It is on the River Soar, 1 mile east of Loughborough. The parish covered 489 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle. The parish abuts Nottinghamshire county to the north.

If you are planning a visit:

  • There is a bridge across the River Soar connected the village to Loughborough.
  • By automobile, take the A60 north out of Loughborough toward Nottingham. The A60 passes over the bridge, above, into the village.
  • There are photographs of the parish at Geograph.
You can see pictures of Cotes which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cotes has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • This place was once full of market gardens and small farms.
  • This place was abandoned in medieval times, probably because of plague. The Hall at Cotes remained for some time.
  • A bridge across the River Soar connects the village to Loughborough. There was a minor battle at Cotes Bridge during the English Civil War.
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of Cotes Mill on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK555208 (Lat/Lon: 52.781845, -1.178799), Cotes which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Prestwold parish. It became a Civil Parish in 1866.
  • Cotes appears to have reverted to a township by 1881.
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the mid division of the county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings each Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 59
1881 52
1891 54
1901 53
1911 57
1921 39
1931 42
1951 62
1961 62
1991 41


  • In 1733, Joseph THOMPSON left £100 to generate interest which was used to educate 10 boys.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1846 on Far Street to hold 110 children.
  • A Public Elementary School for infants was built here in 1838 on East Street to hold 94 infants.