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Coulston is located in Wiltshire
 Coulston shown within Wiltshire
Population 158 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST952542
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WESTBURY
Postcode district BA13
Dialling code 01380
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
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Coordinates: 51°17′06″N 2°04′05″W / 51.285°N 02.068°W / 51.285; -02.068

Coulston (until 1934 called East Coulston) is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, five miles northeast of the town of Westbury, just north of the B3098 road.

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.

Notable buildings[edit]

Main article: Baynton 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.


The Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, in Chippenham, holds the parish registers of East Coulston for the following periods -

  • 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.[2]


There is no village school, and Coulston falls within the designated area for the Great Cheverell Church of England Aided Primary School.


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.

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ 'Edington', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 8: Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds (1965), pp. 239-250, accessed 15 February 2012
  3. ^ Haycock, Lorna (2006). Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 99: 198.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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