Rolleston on Dove
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Spread Eagle and St. Mary's
Rolleston on Dove shown within Staffordshire
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Rolleston on Dove, also known simply as Rolleston, is a village in Staffordshire, England near Burton upon Trent. It is probably best known for its one-time resident Sir Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Union of Fascists. His coat of arms are still displayed in the local working men's club. Rolleston Hall, where Mosley lived, was sold by auction on 2 August 1923 but later burnt down and all that remains are the lake and gatehouse.
Rolleston has a council which organises many seasonal activities, including the early summer duck race and open gardens Sunday.
Rolleston is also home to the Jinnie Trail, a former railway line in a man-made valley which was closed completely in 1968. In 1972 it was created into a rural walk stretching approximately 2 kilometres. Along the walk today, parts of the remaining stations are still visible under the wild growth of trees, nettles and brambles.
Rolleston was previously built around its lasting monuments and buildings. The oldest area of the village is the Spread Eagle Inn, which is thought to date back as far as the 11th century. Around the inn, one can find Rolleston's Church, St. Mary's, The Brookhouse Hotel and Restaurant and the brook which runs through the village and alongside Brookside and Burnside.
- Michael Sadler, child labour reformer, was a rector here in the early nineteenth century
- Sir Oswald Mosley Politician who started in the Conservative Party migrated through the Labour Party via a party of his own creation to become English Fascist leader in the 1930s
- Tom Morgan, author of the 'A Morgan's Guide to...' Series published in 2008 which gained publicity with the controversial 'cheating' edition published in 2010. Morgan died in the summer of 2013.
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