"Rocester is a considerable village, with a cotton mill, betwixt and near the confluence of the Dove and the Churnet, four and a half miles N of Uttoxeter. It has a railway station on the Churnet Valley line, from which a branch railway is about to be extended to Ashbourn. Rocester parish contains 1146 inhabitants, and about 2600 acres of enclosed land, belonging to several freeholders, the largest of whom are the Earl of Shrewsbury, Mrs Whyte, and William Henry Bainbridge, Esq. The latter is lord of the manor, which was the demesne of Algar, Earl of Mercia, in Edward the Confessor's time. In 1146, Richard Bacoun, nephew of the Earl of Chester, founded a priory here for canons of the order of St Augustine. Some of the Stafford family afterwards settled here, and were great benefactors to this priory, of which no vestige now remains.
The hamets in this parish, and their distance from the village, are Combridge, on the Uttoxeter canal, one mile SW; Quixhill, one and a half miles N; and Rocester Green, one mile W.
Woodseat is the pleasant residence of Thomas Wardle, Esq, on an eminence above the Dove, one and a half miles NW of Rocester. Near it is Dove Leys, the seat of TP Heywood, Esq, and one mile S of the village is Barrow Hill, the mansion and estate of Mrs Whyte."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]