Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Rosliston
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Main Street,
Rosliston, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded before 1291, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes St Mary the Virgin's Church as "a building of grey sandstone, chiefly modern, erected in 1819, and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western tower with spire, containing 3 bells, cast 1778-9". It was originally a chapelry of Walton [on Trent], "and was undoubtedly the chapel referred to in the taxation roll of 1291".

In 1818 application was made to George III. for a brief for its repair and enlargement, and as a consequence it was rebuilt in the next year at a cost of £702. The tower and spire, however were preserved, and date from the first half of the 14th century. Against the south wall is a mural monument to Barnabas Broune (1764) and his son, the Rev. Richard Broune, rector of Walton and Rosliston (1767). There are 120 sittings. The parish records of baptisms and burials date from 1568, and of marriages from 1570. The living had been held since 1930 by the Rev. Reginald Leslie Watts, who was also vicar of Coton-in-the-Elms. The chief landowners were the Misses Milligan.

There are some delightful photographs of St Mary's in Aidan McRae Thompson's Flickr Photostream.


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SK2433516813. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Rosliston, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 3 Dec 2013 at 14:00.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 15:01:18 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:33.

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