"Rolleston (also known as Roulston) is an ancient village on a rivulet, about a mile S of the Dove, and four miles NNW of Burton-upon-Trent, comprising within its parish the two townships of Rolleston and Anslow, the former containing 2020 acres and 519 souls, and the latter 1920 acres and 278 souls. Of the land, about 930 acres were allotted from Needwood Forest and include Rollaston Park, which belongs ecclesiastically to Tutbury. Sir Oswald Mosley, Bart, who resides at the Hall, a handsome mansion between the park and the village, is the principal landowner and lord of the manor, which comprises the whole parish, and was anciently held by a family of its own name, from whom it passed to the family of Mosley.
Needwood House, about four miles W of Burton-on Trent and SW of Rolleston, is the seat of Captain Tennant, and is in this parish, as also are East Lodge, the seat of Tonman Mosley, Esq, and Craythorn, the seat of Miss Thornewill.
Anslow township extends into Needwood Forest, and includes the hamlets of Anslow and Stockley Ridding, about three miles SW of Rolleston; part of Callingwood, three and a half miles W of Burton, and many scattered houses, on the eastern side of the now highly cultivated forest."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]