Rocester heritage trail

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Rocester heritage trail

01. Car park01. Car park
02. High Street02. High Street
03. Butter Cross03. Butter Cross

Starting the trail at the Village car park, turn left along the High Street to the village centre. This was redeveloped in 2000 by the architect Robert Adams and features a new Butter Cross. From the centre take the right-hand exit off the mini roundabout and continue your walk down Mill Street.

04. Abbey Field04. Abbey Field

On your left is Abbey Field Farm which stands on the site of an Augustinian Abbey founded 1146 and the field next to the road, a scheduled Ancient Monument, shows evidence of earthworks.

05. Tutbury Mill05. Tutbury Mill
06. Rocester Bridge06. Rocester Bridge

Ahead of you is Tutbury Mill and opposite the Mill managers house. Richard Arkwright built this in 1782 as a cotton mill, though mills have stood on this site previously.

The other side of the Mill is the home of Rocester Football Club and just beyond is Rocester Bridge, spanning the Rive Dove and marks the border between Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Retrace your steps past the Mill and take the first turning on your right, down West View. West View consists of a row of terraced houses that were built for the mill workers in 1854.

07. West View07. West View
08. Church08. Church
09. Cross09. Cross

Take the gate on the left into the Churchyard. The present church on this site was built in 1872 and includes an earlier 13th century tower. Following the path round to the front door of the Church, on your right there is the remains of a Saxon cross and steps.

Walk down the path, through the War Memorial Lych Gate and into Dove Lane. Immediately to your left is the Old Vicarage. It is in this area that the Roman Fort was situated.

10. Dove First School10. Dove First School
11. Old Infant School11. Old Infant School

On your right is the Dove First School which was originally built as a 'Cookery School' while Chalice House 1852 was the old infant school.

As you walk along Dove Lane, look up to see Barrow Hill, possibly the site of an Iron Age hill fort. The terrace houses to the right were again mill worker housing.

12. Iron Bridge12. Iron Bridge
13. Weir13. Weir

Taking the unmettled track on the right, along side Dove Cottage, will bring you onto the Iron Bridge and a view down stream to the Weir.

Retrace your steps towards the Church, turning right into Church Lane, opposite the School.

14. Lych Gate14. Lych Gate
15. Parish Graveyard15. Parish Graveyard

To the right is the Parish Graveyard which was excavated by Birmingham University. The embankment and hedge in the far side marks the edge of the Roman Fort.

16. Old School16. Old School
17. Red Lion17. Red Lion

Continue up the road to the junction of Ashbourne Road.

Looking to the right behind the railings was the Village school. Turn now to the left and back into the centre of the village.

18. Methodist Chapel18. Methodist Chapel
19. Churnet Row19. Churnet Row

Turning right at The Red Lion, continue down the High street, going past the car park to see the old Methodist Chapel, built 1888; the former Catholic Church 1837; and the traditional 19thc. cottages on Churnet Row.

20. Rocester Mill20. Rocester Mill
21. Churnet Bridge21. Churnet Bridge
22. JCB Lakes22. JCB Lakes

Finally, coming to Rocester Mill originally a corn mill, and to Churnet Bridge.

If you wish to extend your walk there is an underpass under the main road leading to the beautifully landscaped grounds around the JCB Factory.

Otherwise retrace your steps back along Churnet Row to the Car park.

Visit our history page for more information about the history of Rocester.

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