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  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2140
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2722


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Church History

  • "The church of St. James, now used only for occasional services, is an ancient edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and an eastern turret containing one bell, and is the successor of a church or chantry of Norman origin existing here in 1127. It is chiefly Early English in style, but some portions of the Norman church still remain: the east window of Late Perpendicular date, with a trefoil light above it, one window on the north- and one on the south side of the chancel and two on the north side of the nave, are stained. In the chancel is a carved tablet of alabaster, inscribed in Latin to Sir Nicholas Wilmot kt. ob. 1682, besides several others of later dates, to the same family. There is also a mural monument of marble to the Eastwood family, with dates from 1846 to 1874. The pulpit is of stone, finely carved: the church plate includes an Elisabethan chalice, a paten of Queen Anne's time and a pewter flagon of 1629. The church was restored in 1880-1, at a cost of £644, and has 120 sittings."
    [Extract from Kelly's Directory of the County of Derby, 1912]
  • The church seats 120.
  • "The church of St. Osmund, in London road, erected in 1905 at a cost of £5,940, was constituted the parish church of Osmaston by Order in Council, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, side chapel, south and west porches and organ loft. There is a wrought iron chancel screen, above which is a rood beam. The church affords 540 sittings. The register dates from the vear 1743. The living is a Vicarage, net yearly value £110, including 62 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Southwell, and held since 1902 by the Rev. Launcelot Sydney Currey M.A. of Selwyn College, Cambridge."
    [Extract from Kelly's Directory of the County of Derby, 1912]

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1743.
  • Marriages at Osmaston by Derby, 1743-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

    Note: it appears that the dedication of the Church to All Saints was changed to St James some time between Kelly's Directories of 1895, and 1912, so possibly at the time St Osmund's Church, at Wilmorton was built (1905).
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Derby.
  • Thomas WOSIK has a photograph of the Davenport Road Evangelical Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"OSMASTON, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 2 miles S.E. of Derby, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the road from London to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The river Derwent, the canal, and the Midland railway pass through the parish. The inhabitants are wholly engaged in agriculture. The soil is sand and loam upon a subsoil of gravel."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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  • Ann Andrews provides a transcription of the Osmaston entry in Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1891).
  • Kelly's Directory of 1912 says:
    OSMASTON (near Derby) was formerly a civil parish, but under the provisions of the "Derby Corporation Act, 1901", which took effect 9th Nov. in that year, the most populous part was added to the civil parish and county borough of Derby, the remainder, by Local Government Board Order, No. 43,684, dated April 1st, 1902, being amalgamated with Sinfin Moor. Added 16 Dec 2010.


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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Osmaston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.





Osmaston Manor House was built of dark blue limestone with gritstone dressings.on high ground near the village.


Military History

  • During World War One, there was a Red Cross Hospital here at Osmaston Manor.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 13 October, 1803: DIED: "On Friday last, at Osmaston, near this place, aged 31, Mrs. WALTERS, wife of Mr. John WALTERS, of that place, farmer."



Politics and Government

  • This place was both an ancient Chapelry and an ancient parish in county Derby and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1845 to hold 100 children.