Parish Profile of Cotterstock
Cotterstock was recorded in the Domesday Book as Codestoche, the name possibly deriving from Old English “corther-stoc”, a dairy farm. This probably refers to the existence of a farm next to the mill on the river supplying a Romano-British villa situated on the rising ground to the north-west of the village towards Southwick.
Cotterstock remains a quiet, peaceful, attractive village of around 65 households with a population of approximately 125 adults and 15 children. There is a broad age range from families with very young children through to active retired and a few elderly residents too. There are three farms but there is no local employment to speak of. A number of residents work from home, but most travel to the nearby towns and some commute to London regularly. There are quite a high proportion of professional and business people in the village including several doctors and teachers.
The parish contains twenty entries on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, sixteen of which are within the conservation area which covers the eastern part of the village around St Andrew’s Church and Cotterstock Hall. Almost all of the houses are backed by open farmland to the north and to the south.
The old village Church of England school is situated right in the centre of Main Street and now has a new lease of life as the village hall. This is used for many activities and thanks to fundraising events a grant was secured to totally refurbish it in 2014. In the absence of a public house or shop this, alongside St Andrew’s Church, provides a focal point for village life. It is administered by a committee which, with some overlap of PCC members, has close links with the Church.
Cotterstock is a very friendly village with a real community feel to it and people are very warmly welcomed to St Andrew’s Church. Family services on the last Sunday in the month are popular and refreshments are served afterwards giving an opportunity to chat.