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Osmington (St. Osmond)

OSMINGTON (St. Osmond), a parish, in the union of Weymouth, hundred of Culliford-Tree, Dorchester division of Dorset, 4 miles (N. E.) from Weymouth; containing, with the hamlets of Ringstead and Upton, 467 inhabitants. This parish, which is said to derive its name from the patron saint, comprises 2135a. 3r. 37p. Building-stone is plentiful, and a peculiar kind is found, called "Horse-flesh," remarkable for its long fibres and perpendicular grain. The parish is bounded on the south by the English Channel, and intersected by the Weymouth and Wareham road. The living is a vicarage, endowed with a portion of the rectorial tithes, and valued in the king's books at £11. 0. 2½.; patron the Bishop of Salisbury; impropriators of the remainder of the rectorial tithes, the landowners. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £250, and the glebe comprises 6½ acres.

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