Towns & Parishes
"Needwood Forest forms one of the most beautiful and highly cultivated territories in the honour of Tutbury, which contains 9437 acres of land, in the five parishes of Hanbury, Tutbury, Tatenhill, Yoxall, and Rolleston, and subdivided into the four wards of Tutbury, Barton, Marchington, and Yoxall, which together form a district of over seven miles in length and three in breadth, extending northwards from Wichnor to Marchington Woodlands."[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
'Peter Thomson, of Needwood Forest, or, Industry Rewarded, A Cottager's Tale'
Published 1824, by F Houlston & Son, Wellington, Salop.
"Though at its enclosure, the forest land was all assigned to pay parochial rates to the townships of the five surrounding parishes, it still forms a separate ecclesiastical juristiction, and for the use of its inhabitants a handsome church, dedicated to Christ, was erected in 1805. The church stands in the Tutbury ward and in Rolleston parish, and for baptisms and burials, double fees are paid, of which one half is claimed by the incumbent of that parish from which they respectively arise.
The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of the Queen, and incumbency of the Rev Humphrey Price, who has held the living since 1819."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
Church of England Registers
The register of Christ Church, Needwood Forest, commences in 1809. The original registers for the period 1809-1995 (Bapts) & 1810-1995 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1813-1849 (with gaps 1830, 1839, & 1845-47) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
A transcription of the section on Needwood Forest from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)
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