Cotham, Bristol

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Bristol cotham.png
Boundaries of the city council ward.
Population12,554 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST583742
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS6
Dialling code0117
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°27′55″N 2°36′04″W / 51.4653°N 2.6012°W / 51.4653; -2.6012Coordinates: 51°27′55″N 2°36′04″W / 51.4653°N 2.6012°W / 51.4653; -2.6012

Cotham /ˈkɒtəm/ is the name of both a council ward of the city of Bristol in the Southwest of England, United Kingdom, and a suburb of the city that falls within that ward. The ward comprises the Cotham suburb, and a small portion of Redland, which is another Bristol suburb.[2]


Cotham is an affluent, leafy inner suburb of Bristol, England, situated between Clifton and St Pauls, and similar in character to Redland. According to the Census of 2011, Cotham had a resident population of 12,554.[1]

A street scene in Cotham.

It is a cosmopolitan residential area with large old houses, many of which are used as hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation, or divided into flats, and a selection of small independent shops. It also contains the comprehensive Cotham School (formerly Cotham Grammar School).[3]

The top of Saint Michael's Hill in Cotham was one of the historical city limits of Bristol, and the traditional location for hangings.[4] Between 1555 and 1557 three Marian martyrs were burned to death here for their religious beliefs.[5] The gallows form one quarter of the badge of the local Rugby club, Cotham Park RFC.

Cotham Church was built in 1842–43 by William Butterfield in a Gothic Revival style, as Highbury Congregational Chapel.[6] It was Butterfield's first commission, obtained through his family's connection with William Day Wills of the tobacco firm W. D. & H. O. Wills . The apse, tower, south transept and school were added in 1863 by Edward William Godwin.[7] Since 1975 it has been an Anglican church.


Cotham is part of the parliamentary constituency of Bristol West. Since 2015 the Member of Parliament is Thangam Debbonaire, a Labour party member.

Cotham is represented by two councillors on Bristol City Council. Currently, these are Anthony Negus a Liberal Democrat and Cleo Lake, a Green party member.[8]


Cotham is home to two different schools: Cotham School and Colston's Primary School


A small portion of the Redland suburb is within the Cotham ward, but the majority of it falls in the Redland ward.

Notable places in the Cotham ward include Redland High School for Girls Junior School and Redland railway station.

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  1. ^ a b "Cotham" (PDF). 2011 Census Ward Information Sheet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ Bristol City Council. "Cotham ward map" (PDF). Ward finder. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Cotham School". Cotham School. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ Musgrove, Will (2013). Redland, Cotham & Kingsdown Through Time. Amberley. ISBN 9781445616070.
  5. ^ "Conservation Area 18 Cotham & Redland Character Appraisal & Management Proposals". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Cotham Church (1282286)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Cotham Church (1282286)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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