Cothelstone Church

St Thomas of Canterbury, Cothelstone is a small parish church at the foot of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The church has celebrated over 850 years of continuous worship. Our services are still traditional and taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with lessons from the King James Bible. Visitors are made very welcome. The church and estate have been associated with two families over the years with 600 years of the Stawells and 250 years of the Esdailes. Esdaile descendants still worship here today. The church is as quiet and peaceful as ever with regular visitors often calling in whilst walking past on the Coleridge Way. Ianthe Shelley, daughter of the poet married an Esdaile and is buried in the churchyard to the right of the large copper beech. The church is open during daylight hours and has a service most Sundays at 11.15 am. 

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Sunday Morning BCP Services

Every Sunday at for 1 hour
Cothelstone Church
Cothelstone TAUNTON, TA4 3DS, United Kingdom

Services are usually at 11.15 am with Holy Communion on first and third Sundays; Mattins on the second and fourth Sundays; a roving joint Benefice service on any fifth Sunday. We have the occasional Evensong during British Summertime at 6.30pm.

For the most up to date information about the dates and times of services please visit the website


Notice of Interregnum for the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard with Cothelstone, West Bagborough, Combe Florey and Lydeard St Lawrence churches from 28th November 2023.


The parish of Cothelstone is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). The Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.