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St Mary's Church, Rosliston
Grid reference: SK242167
Location: 52°44’53"N, 1°38’31"W
Population: 642  (2011)
Post town: Swadlincode
Postcode: DE12
Local Government
Council: South Derbyshire

Rosliston is a small village and parish in southern Derbyshire, close to the borders of Leicestershire and Staffordshire. The civil parish population at the 2011 Census was 642.[1]


It is within National Forest and just outside the village is the Rosliston Forestry Centre.


The manor belonged to Earl Algar, son of Earl Leofric and Countess (Lady) Godiva. In the Domesday Book the manor was called Redlauseton[2] after it was taken by William the Conqueror,[3] and it included a church and a mill.[4] During World War II a prisoner-of-war camp was built near to the village to hold German and Italian prisoners. After the end of the war the camp was used to accommodate Polish servicemen.


The main features are St Mary's Church, Rosliston Forestry Centre, the Bull's Head pub, Co-Op and Beehive woodland lakes.


Rosliston Primary School is a Church of England school located in the heart of the village. It is divided into Reception, Infants, Lower Juniors, and Upper Juniors.

Notable residents

  • Ann Moore (née Pegg) - the fasting woman of Tutbury was born here in 1761[5]
  • The Reverend John Vallancy (1843–1906) was vicar of Rosliston for 16 years. He was aggressive towards his parishioners, sometimes threatening them with a stick. On one occasion he produced a revolver and made "ominous overtones". After villagers made an effigy of him, which was hung outside the vicarage and burnt, he was banished from the parish for 18 months by his Bishop.[6]
  • Barry Butlin, a former footballer, most noted as a player for Luton Town and Nottingham Forest was born in Rosliston.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. Derbyshire UK site
  3. William took a modest number of manors in Derbyshire for himself including Bakewell, Weston-on-Trent and Walton-on-Trent
  4. Domesday Book Online
  5. Ann Moore in the Dictionary of National Biography now in the public domain
  6. Sutton, D. 1998, Rosliston Remembered, Beehive Publications, Rosliston. Page 37. ISBN 0-9534325-0-5

Outside links

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about Rosliston)