Rocester  Staffordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rocester like this:

ROCESTER, a village and a parish in Uttoxeter district, Stafford. The village stands near the confluence of the rivers Dove and Churnet, adjacent to the junction of the North Staffordshire railway with the branch lineto Ashborne, and at the boundary with Derbyshire, 4 miles N by E of Uttoxeter; and has a station with te1egraph at the railway junction, and a post-office‡ under Ashborne. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Rocester-Green, Combridge, Denstone, Quixhill, and Stub-wood. Acres, 2, 105. Real property, £6, 866. Pop., 1, 175. Houses, 237. The property is divided among a few. Dove-Leys, Barrow-Hill, and Woodseat are chief residences. A black abbey was founded here in 1146, by R. Bacun; but has left no remains. A one-arched-bridge, of 60 feet in span, was erected over the Dove in 1839-40. A large cotton-mill was built by the late. Sir R. Arkwright. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150.* Patron, T. P. Bainbrigge, Esq. The church is ancient but good; was recently enlarged; and contains monuments of the Staffords. Asection with a pop. of 147 is within the chapelry of Denstone. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, British schools, and charities £15.

Rocester through time

Rocester is now part of East Staffordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Staffordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Rocester itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rocester in East Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th September 2021

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