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Rocester heritage trail
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.