In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Coleshill like this:
COLESHlLL, a village in Faringdon district, Berks; and a parish partly also in Wilts. The village stands on the river Cole, at the boundary between Berks and Wilts, 3¾ miles WSW of Faringdon r. station, and 4½ N of Shrivenham; consists chiefly of new, neat, uniform cottages; has a post office under Swindon; and gives the title of Baron to the Earl of Radnor. The parish is mainly in Berks, but includes Lynt, a pasture farm of 480 acres in Wilts. Acres, 2, 301. Real property, £5, 202. ...
Pop., 464. Houses, 80. The property is not much divided. The manor belonged to the Pleydells, and passed, by marriage, to the Bouveries. Coleshill House, the seat of the Earl of Radnor, is a quadrangular structure of 1650 by Inigo Jones, retaining its original character, and forming the finest specimen of Jones' taste and talent; and it contains a fine hall, and many good family portraits. The grounds are remarkably beautiful; and there is a great model farm. Vestiges of a Roman camp are seen at Binbury. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £311.* Patron, the Earl of Radnor. The church is a handsome structure, with pinnacled western tower; and contains a curious circular window, with the arms of Sir Mark Stuart Pleydell and his lady, a marble cenotaph, by Rysbrach, to their daughter, afterwards Countess of Radnor, and an eastern window, representing the Nativity, brought from Angers. Charities, £121.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Coleshill, in Vale of White Horse and Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd October 2014
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