In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Osmington like this:
OSMINGTON, a village and a parish in Weymouth district, Dorset. The village stands in a wooded valley among lofty hills, ¾ of a mile N of the coast, and 4 N E of Weymouth r. station; dates from ancient times, and was named after St. Osmund; is now a small but pretty place; and has a post-office under Weymouth. The parish contains also the hamlets of Osmington-Mills, Ringstead, and Upton; and comprises 2, 182 acres ofland, and 125 of water. Real property, £2, 513. Pop.in 1851, 485; in 1861, 448. ...
Houses, 93. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to King Athelstane, and was given by him to Milton abbey. O. House is the seat of Major Wood. A peculiar kind of excellent building-stone is extensively worked. A figure of George III. on horseback is cut on the steep slope of a chalkhill; occupies nearly an acre; and serves as a landmark to ships at sea. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £252.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1846; retains the tower of the previous church; and contains a very ancient monument of the Warhams. There are a parochial school, and charities £10.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Osmington has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Osmington and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Osmington in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th May 2015
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