Local History

Tatenhill Parish is situated in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside and within the National Forest. It is rural in nature. Much of the parish used to be within the Needwood Royal Hunting Forest and there are number of locations that are of significant historic interest.

The original community in the area was at Tatenhill which is located in a small valley just off the fertile flood plane of the River Trent. The St. Michael and All Angels church was built in the 13th century and extended in the 15th century.

The lands around Rangemore were some of the last in the country to be enclosed under the land enclosure act. When the roads such as the C18 were built in the 1780s, it was possible to build them in straight lines as they did not have to go round field boundaries. The village of Rangemore was built by Michael Thomas Bass to house workers on his estate.

Tatenhill – a small ancient village comprising of a crossroads and a ribbon development along a narrow valley bordered to the east by Battlestead Hill and to the west by an escarpment leading to the Needwood Plateau. There are several listed buildings within the village, notably the 12th Century church. The church, the village hall and the pub are the focal points of the community. It is a designated conservation area intended to ensure that the character of the village remains unspoiled.

Rangemore – also a designated conservation area, consisting mainly of redbrick cottages, is a classic estate development that was built in the 1850s to house the Bass Rangemore Estate workers. Nowadays several of the houses are privately owned. It is 5 miles to the West of Burton-on Trent on the Needwood Plateau, bordering Needwood Forest. The principle buildings are All Saints’ Church, All Saints’ Church of England Primary School and Rangemore club. It is encircled by farmsteads and grazing land.

is a classic estate development that has changed very little and maintains much of its character.

Rangemore Hall was sold to a local council just after the war to host a one of the earliest schools for the deaf in the country. In the 1980s, it was closed following the opening of a regional modern school for the deaf near to Markeaton Park in Derby. It was then developed as three separate sites comprising in total approximately 60 dwellings.