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St. Mary, Rosliston - - 120929.jpg
St Mary's Church, Rosliston
Rosliston is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population642 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK242167
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDE12
AmbulanceEast Midlands
List of places
52°44′53″N 1°38′31″W / 52.748°N 1.642°W / 52.748; -1.642Coordinates: 52°44′53″N 1°38′31″W / 52.748°N 1.642°W / 52.748; -1.642

Rosliston is a small village and civil parish in South Derbyshire, England close to the county boundaries of Leicestershire and Staffordshire.[1][2] The civil parish population at the 2011 Census was 642.[3]


It is within The 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[4] after it was taken by William the Conqueror,[5] and it included a church and a mill.[6] 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 supermarket and Beehive woodland lakes.

The Forestry centre is sustainable. It provides facilities to help the environment. It provides bins to collect litter and footpaths to stop visitors from eroding the naturally-made paths of Rosliston. These footpaths are clearly marked so that visitors know where it is safe to walk.[7]


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[edit]

  • Ann Moore (née Pegg) - the fasting woman of Tutbury was born here in 1761[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • Barry Butlin, a former English footballer, most noted as a player for Luton Town and Nottingham Forest was born in Rosliston.



  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest :(1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  2. ^ Map Details retrieved 11 April 2013
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  4. ^ Derbyshire UK site
  5. ^ William took a modest number of manors in Derbyshire for himself including Bakewell, Weston-on-Trent and Walton-on-Trent
  6. ^ Domesday Book Online
  7. ^ Rosliston Forestry Centre, retrieved 5 June 2014
  8. ^ Ann Moore in the Dictionary of National Biography now in the public domain
  9. ^ Sutton, D. 1998, Rosliston Remembered, Beehive Publications, Rosliston. Page 37. ISBN 0-9534325-0-5
  10. ^ Image from Wikimedia Commons June 2007

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