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Coulston shown within Wiltshire
|Population||155 (as of 1951)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
The village has an elected parish council called Coulston Parish Council.
Coulston has a mix of old and new houses, about sixty-five in all. The number of buildings listed as of architectural or historic importance is thirteen (all listed Grade II). There is no shop or surviving public house.
Baynton House is an exquisite Georgian manor house (with much older origins) set in extensive gardens, and is next to the Coulston Deer Park, which still has a herd of deer and is owned together with Baynton House.
Coulston House, a smaller manor house near the main settlement of the village, was previously a farmhouse. A substantial farm courtyard close to Coulston House was converted into several houses in the late 20th century. One of these houses is called The Granary and was once a grain barn.
The parish church has 12th century Norman origins. In the Middle Ages, its dedication was to Saint Andrew, but since the early 19th century it has been to Saint Thomas of Canterbury. Communion services are held every other Sunday. The patrons are the Bishop of Salisbury and the Vicar of Westbury jointly. The current Rector is the Reverend Dr Graham Southgate, who lives at Bratton.
- Christenings: from 1714 to 1974
- Marriages: from 1714 to 1994
- Burials from 1714 to 1992
The parish was originally called "East Coulston", and until 1934 the theoretical hamlet of West Coulston (immediately adjacent to East Coulston and including the village school) formed part of the parish of Edington. In that year East and West Coulston were united into a parish called simply Coulston.
The population was 103 in 1831, 155 in 1951.
The name of the village has been pronounced Cohlst'n at least since the late 19th century, and this is used by all long term residents. The pronunciation Coolst'n is sometimes used by outsiders but locally is deemed to be incorrect.
- Mary Delany, formerly Mary Granville (1700–1788), a Bluestocking artist and writer, was born at Coulston.
- George Fuller of Neston Park (1833 – 1927), MP for Westbury, was born at Baynton.
Disused watercress bed, dating from the 1950s, and parish church
- List of places in Wiltshire
- List of civil parishes in Wiltshire
- List of civil parishes in England
- Wiltshire Victoria County History
- 'Edington', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 8: Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds (1965), pp. 239-250, accessed 15 February 2012
- Haycock, Lorna (2006). Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 99: 198.
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