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Coleshill, a parish partly in the hundred of Highworth, Cricklade and Staple, county of Wilts, but chiefly in the hundred of Shrivenham, county of Berks, 3.34 miles west southwest of Great Farringdon, Berks, 7.5 mi. southwest of Buckland, Berks; 7.78 mi. northwest of Sparsholt, Berks. "...containing, with the tything of Lynt, 324 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese of Salisbury, rated in the king's books at 17. 11. 8. The Earl of Radnor was patron in 1808. The church, dedicated to All Saints, has, at the west end, an embattled tower with pinnacles, and contains some handsome monuments; the eastern window of the chancel exhibits some fine stained glass, representing the Nativity, presented by the Earl of Radnor, in 1787. Lord Simon DIGBY, in 1694, gave 500 for teaching and apprenticing poor children of the parish, and for other charitable purposes; in the same year, Offalia RAWLINS made a donation of 100, with similar directions for its use; and, in 1706, the Rev. John PINSENT gave an estate, producing about 15 per annum, for apprenticing the children of such of the inhabitants of Coleshill and Great Coxwell as had never received parochial relief, with 5 to each. This parish derives its name from the elevated situation of the village above the river Cole, which forms the western boundary, and gives the title of baron to the Earl of Radnor." (Lewis, 1831)

As Lewis notes above, Coleshill straddles Berks and Wilts. It is also near the juncture of Berks, Wilts and Gloucester and across the Thames from Oxfordshire. There is also a Coleshill in Warwickshire, but despite the Thomas REYNOLDS of Warwickshire with ties to the Combs ofthat county, given that Phillip COMBE of Great Farringdon appears to have married in Coleshill, Berks, it is more likely that Thomas REYNOLDS resided here, too.

17 Jul 1592 Coleshill, Berkshire, England. Married: Phillippe COMBE and Elizabeth COTTRELL (IGI entry, Ba: E008822, So: 088234, Pr: 0543876, source not yet viewed)

21 Apr 1642 Coleshill, Berkshire, England. Married: Barnard COOME and Joane GOODINOUGHE (IGI entry, Ba: E008822, So: 088234, Pr: 0543876, source not yet viewed)

The 9 Apr 1620 will of Phillipe COMBE, yeoman of Great Farringdon, Berks, names, among others, his wife, Elizabeth, brother Thomas and his second son, Barnarde, and friend "Thomas REYNOLDS of Coleshill." The above Phillipe and Elizabeth COTTRELL Combe seem likely to have been the same, and their nephew, Barnard COMBE, perhaps the same who married Joane GOODINOUGHE in 1642?

This county has not yet been actively researched, but an attempt to determine if Thomas REYNOLDE of Coleshill is kin to Thomas of Warwickshire, and the bases, if any, for Thomas COMBE having named a son, Barnarde, might be well worth exploring. See also Bernard COMBE of Soulbury, Bucks, as well as Barnard ARCHDALE (great uncle of John COMBE of Soulbury).

14 Jan 1690 Coleshill, Berkshire, England. Christened: Hayward COOMES, s/o Thomas COOMES (IGI entry, B: 9 Jun 1972 PROVO Ba: C008822, E: 29 Jun 1972 PROVO So: 088234, SP: 6 Oct 1972 PROVO Pr: 0536135, source not yet viewed).

The above is the only other IGI entry located for Coleshill.

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