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Osmington, Dorset

Historical Description

Osmington, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands in a wooded valley among lofty hills, three-quarters of a mile N of the coast, and 4 miles NE of Weymouth station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It dates. from ancient times, and was named after St Osmund, is now a small but pretty place, and has a post office under Weymouth; money order and telegraph office, Weymouth. The parish contains also the hamlets of Osmington Mills, Ringstead, and Upton, and comprises 2209 acres; population, 292. The manor belonged to King Athelstane, and was given by him to Milton Abbey. Osmington House is the chief residence. A peculiar kind of excellent building stone is worked. A figure of George III. on horseback is cut on the steep slope of a chalk hill, occupies nearly an acre, and serves as a landmark to ships at sea. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £150 with residence. 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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishOsmington St. Osmond 
HundredCulliford Tree 
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtUpway 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1678. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. Osmund (parish church)

The parish church of St. Osmund is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower with turret and pinnacles containing a clock and 4 bells: in the chancel is an ancient monument, with the arms of Warham and an inscription rudely cut upon it: there is a stained window, placed by E. A. Wood esq. to his first wife, and one erected by the parishioners in 1879, to his second wife: the church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1846, and the south aisle added: the church affords 220 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Osmington was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Osmington from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Osmington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Osmington Mills

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT3
Post TownWeymouth