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Coleshill Village is part of the Buscot and Coleshill Estates, which are owned and managed by the National Trust.  Located on the western border of Oxfordshire, these traditional agricultural estates are made up of 7,000 acres (3,035ha) which include the villages of Buscot, Coleshill and Easton Hastings, eleven let farms, 850 acres of woodland and a number of commercial enterprises.

The 250 years old Coleshill Mill at the southern end of the village is a well-preserved example of a small water-powered corn mill with an adjoining mill house. There is evidence that a water mill might have been used here at least as far back as the 11th century as there is mention of a mill in the Doomsday Survey. The Mill finally ceased operating in the 1920s and is now open to the public once a month during the summer months. The Mill is only opened for special events so please check the National Trust Events page before visiting.

All Saints' Church is the parish church and has origins in the late 12th century, with further building carried out in the 13th century. The tower was added in the 15th century and has some interesting gargoyles.

However, Coleshill is most famous for Coleshill House, a once noble house which later on became the high command HQ and training ground for the Auxiliary Units, World War II guerrilla troops who were to resist the expected occupation of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany. This is the closest you can get to the world of our most famous spy ... so why not come and explore?

Why not explore the village by foot on one of these short walks. They will take you along the River Cole, through Waterloo Corpse, past Waterloo Lodge and back to Coleshill across the park. Click here for more information and map of the Buscot and Colehill Estates.  


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