We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.




  • The parish was in the Gesley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1963
1891 R.G. 12 / 2200


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Rosliston area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.

  • The church was re-built in 1819 from an earlier building. The tower and spire from the 14th century were kept.

  • The church tower and spire are from a much older chapel that stood on this site from the 14th century.

  • The church seats 120. (This number varies considerably depending on source.)

  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568 for burials and baptisms, and from 1570 for marriages.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • Rob BURNS has a One-Parish Study of Rosliston with census and church records you should examine.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

  • The United Methodists had a chapel here by 1912.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Gesley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ROSLISTON is a parish (having no dependent town-ship), in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, 4 miles and a half S.W. from Burton-upon-Trent. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, was rebuilt by subscription in 1827; the living is a curacy, subordinate to the rectory of Walton-upon-Trent. The parish contained, in 1831, 360 persons, being one more inhabitant than it contained, at the census taken in 1821."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish is 121 miles north of London and is due south of Burton-on-Trent.

You can see pictures of Rosliston which are provided by:



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Rosliston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • The parish feast has traditionally been on the Sunday after September 12th.

  • Mick MALPASS has a photograph of The Bulls Head in Rosliston on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.

  • These are the names associated with the Bulls Head in various directories:

Year  Person
1855 George WETTON, vict.
1857 George WOTTON, vict.
1891 Harry PEACH
1912 Harry PEACH


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK243167 (Lat/Lon: 52.747354, -1.641459), Rosliston which are provided by:

Military History

  • In 2011, a new War Memorial was added inside St. Mary's Church.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry of Walton Parish in Derby county, but was incorprated as a separate, modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.

  • You may contact the Rosliston Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches. They also have a Facebook page.

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday.

  • In 1802, Rosliston and some neighboring parishes formed a Poorlaw Union under the Gilbert Act of 1782. A House of Industry was built in Rosliston. This building was sold after the formation of the Burton-on-Trent Poorlaw Union and was later demolished.

  • What were the Rules for the House of Industry?

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


Mike SPENCER contributes a list of School Admissions.