A Victorian coach house has been converted to house our collection of over 25,000 original documents, including deeds, journals, letters, sermons, receipts and photographs, the oldest dating back to 1431. Our aim is for this unique and extraordinary record of social history covering nearly 600 years to be accessible to everyone, whether academic researchers, family and local historians, students and schoolchildren or – by way of our themed displays – to others visiting CET for different reasons or the casual passer by whose curiosity is aroused.
The majority of the papers relate to a branch of the Marriott family, which came into ownership of Cotesbach Estate in 1759, held the living as Rectors for over a century and whose descendants, the Newton family, still live there today. The collection of handwritten sermons in particular has been designated by the National Archives as ‘of considerable historical importance’, and since 2014 we have been listed on Discovery, the National Archives’ international database of repositories which have substantial collections of manuscripts relating to British history. This was a significant milestone for us, marking our first internet presence.
Under the guidance of Sophy Newton, Heritage Manager (Hon.), our team of dedicated volunteers is now working to make our catalogue available online, and to extend the reach of our archive via Ancestry.co.uk, not only to Marriott family descendants but to the myriad of other families and individuals who have been connected to Cotesbach over the course of time, revealing this treasure trove with infinite connections to national and local heritage, and to you.
To find out more, search for Cotesbach on the Archives Hub or the National Archives Discovery site directory websites. Our Archive is open to the public for research free of charge, on an appointment basis.
To arrange a visit, to request further details or to express an interest in volunteering please contact us. The Hall and Archive tour includes a short introduction to the archive and viewing of original documents.
If you are researching your own family story, we also offer a genealogy service. Using our access to a variety of resources, our expert researchers can help you trace your family tree. Charges apply.
Charges* for Archive services
Access to the Archive's documents
Assistance to the visitors by archive staff
Answering (brief) emailed enquiries
Use of own camera in the Archive
Black and white photocopy (A4)
Black and white photocopy (A3)
Colour photocopy (A4)
Color photocopy (A3)
Scan or photograph & print B & W (photo quality)
Ditto - colour
Scan or photograph then email (per image)
Send copies by post (second class, up to 10 sheets)
Transcription service, per hour
Photo restoration service, per hour
Family history research service, per hour
*Cotesbach Educational Trust is a registered charity (1126840) established in 2009. We are dependent on donations, grants and the work of volunteers. These charges for Archive services are classed as charitable donations and may be eligible for gift aid.
To support our work with a regular financial contribution please ask about our Patrons’ Scheme. Patrons are exempt from Archive charges.