It was once a larger village, with its own church, but is now part of the parish centred on Wymeswold, which also includes Prestwold and Hoton.
There is a partly visible deserted mediaeval village site, and some fragments of the 16th century Cotes Old Hall.
There was a battle fought at Cotes during the Civil War in 1643, two years before the Siege of Leicester, which led directly to the Battle of Naseby, disastrous for Charles I.
One of two mediaeval watermills survives, now converted into a pub. The bridge has 15th century foundations.