The Parishes of Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone are two adjacent Civil Parishes in Somerset. They lie at the heart of the West Country, part of a network of locally distinctive, beautiful villages and hamlets surrounded by an ecologically rich and diverse farmed landscape. The historic and picturesque Parishes include the village of Bishops Lydeard and hamlets of Cothelstone, East Lydeard, East Combe, the more recent Lethbridge Park, Terhill, Kenley, Toulton, Cushuish and Fennington.
Part of the Parishes of Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone fall within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The Village of Bishops Lydeard is an historic settlement originally laid out in a ribbon fashion. There have been some significant phases of development but despite the growth of the village, semi-rural character and a village like feel remain. Although the village historically orientates itself towards the county town of Taunton, the village also maintains a degree of independence with employment opportunities and the availability of many local services and businesses.