In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ospringe like this:
OSPRINGE, a village, a parish, and a liberty, in Faversham district, Kent. The village stands adjacent to the East Kent railway, ¾ of a mile W of Faversham r. station; and has a post-office under Faversham, and a fair on 29 May. The parish includes part of Favershamborough, and comprises 2, 798 acres. Real property, £7, 538. Pop., 1, 111. Houses, 227. Pop. of the part within F. borough, 150. Houses, 30. The property is subdivided. There are several mansions and other good residences. ...
A Maison-Dieu or hospital was founded here, in 1235, by Henry III.; was held by the Knights Templars; had a " Camera Regis" for the King's usewhen going to France by way of Dover; was given, at the dissolution of monasteries, to St. John's-College, Cambridge. Many Roman relics have been found; and are supposed, by some antiquaries, to indicate Ospringe as the site of the Roman Durolevum. There are gunpowder mills. A very fine view is obtained from the railway, at its emergence from a cutting through Beacon-Hill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. value, £389.* Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is ancient, in good condition; isbuilt of flint, groined with stone; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel. There are a parochial school, and charities £13. The liberty is conterminate with the parish; and is governed by a constable, chosen annually at a court-leet.
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 Ospringe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Swale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ospringe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ospringe, in Swale and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd April 2014
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