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Osmaston (All Saints)

OSMASTON (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Shardlow, hundred of Repton and Gresley, S. division of the county of Derby, 1¼ mile (S. S. E.) from Derby; containing 178 inhabitants. It lies on the Loughborough and Ashby-de-la-Zouch roads from Derby, and comprises 929a. 27p., consisting of arable, pasture, and woodland, but chiefly occupied as milk-farms; the soil is a sandy and loamy earth, resting upon a deep bed of gravel. The river Derwent skirts the parish on the north-east, the Derby and Birmingham railway on the west, and the Derby canal runs through. The Hall, the seat of Sir Robert Wilmot, Bart., the principal owner in the parish, is a large stone mansion in the Italian style, with wings, and an observatory at the top; it is situated in park-like grounds, has been latterly very much improved, and contains many splendid rooms, and good pictures. The village is small and scattered. The living is a perpetual curacy; income, £75, with a house near the church; patron and impropriator, Sir Robert Wilmot. The glebe comprises 25 acres within the parish, with land at Hathern and Belton, in Leicestershire. The church is a small ancient structure, much covered with ivy; in the chancel is a handsome painting of Our Saviour in the Manger, and some tablets are erected to the Wilmot and Horton families. The churchyard is retired and picturesque.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.