Cotswold, Ontario

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Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 43°52′10″N 80°47′26″W / 43.86944°N 80.79056°W / 43.86944; -80.79056
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Wellington County
Town Minto
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area N
Area code(s) 519 and 226
NTS Map 040P15

Cotswold is a small community located in the Town of Minto, in the northern part of Wellington County in southern Ontario, Canada. Cotswold was originally a separate community, but was amalgamated with other communities to create the Town of Minto.


The name Cotswold is English, after a range of hills in the Midlands renowned for sheep grazing. The name does not reflect the backgrounds of the early settlers in the district, most of whom where Scottish and Irish; legend says that a settler imported sheep from Cotswold hills and borrowed the name for the post office. The community did have a couple stores, one of which also functioned as the post office. The early settlement also had a:

The Cotswold Cheese factory (Minto and Arthur Cheese and Butter Manerfacturing Company Limited) opened in 1881 and was successful in its thirty years of business but was still only a marginal operation. Records show a change in ownership of various businesses (possibly due to low profits). The community declined as the roads to Palmerston and Harriston improved. The post office was the last holdout, which closed in 1914. After fifty years of settlement, most of Cotswold's pioneers were gone.

List of some Cotswold settlers and pioneers[edit]

  • Wellington Adams
  • George Calder
  • John Campbell
  • Richard Conquest
  • John Darroch
  • John Greenwood
  • Charles, Thomas, and William Hughes
  • Elizabeth and Micheal Lawless
  • Peter Mckenzie
  • John Prain
  • George Reid
  • James Robertson
  • Wellington Wilson


The last remaining building was the Cotswold United Church. The Church was torn down about 2010. The community has been amalgamated with: Clifford, Cotswold, Drew, Fultons, Glenlee, Harriston, and Palmerston to form the Town of Minto.


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Coordinates: 43°52′10″N 80°47′26″W / 43.86944°N 80.79056°W / 43.86944; -80.79056