Chapter 5

Coleshill lies in Berkshire. Built on a low hill on the southern slopes of the Thames valley, it is an attractive village of limestone cottages, architecturally quite different, therefore, from Bishopstone. The cottages are quite substantial - houses one might almost call them. They are of two storeys, and the general impressions are of a Cotswold village and of the 18th century, without the mellow honey colour of Cotswold stone. Yet the village is very old, being mentioned in the Domesday Book, for example in a misplaced entry that deals with Wiltescire (Wiltshire). The name Heber- Percy is prominent as one-time lords of the manor - a name that quite coincidentally and unrelatedly we encountered when exploring the parish church of Hodnet in Shropshire. The manor house of Coleshill stands, hidden, above the village and across the road from the most unusual village church. In the church graveyard is a headstone to one Ann Titchener, “faithful servant” to a now illegible “gent”; but she is of no known relation to “our” Titcheners.