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Osgathorpe

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Description in 1871:
"OSGATHORPE, a village and a parish in Ashby-de-la-Zouch district, Leicester. The village stands on an affluent of the river Soar, 2 miles N N E of Swannington r. station, and 5 E N E of Ashby-de-la-Zouch; and is a pleasant place. The parish comprises 1,220 acres. Post-town, Loughborough. Real property, £1,982. Pop., 351. Houses, 82. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to J. B. Story, Esq. Bricks are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £240. Patron, the Marquis of Hastings. The church is of the 13th century; was restored, with addition of apsidal E end, in 1861; has a tower and spire; and contains a restored ancient octagonal font. There are a free grammar-school for 40 day pupils, endowed residences for 7 clergymen's widows, with £317 a year, and other charities £9."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. 1870-72"]

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Cemeteries

  • The churchyard was closed to new burials in 1873.
     
  • The new cemetery was purchased in 1873 when the churchyard was closed to new burials.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Parish cemetery entrance on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012. The cemetery is just north-west of the village.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the Entrance to Osgathorpe Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2020.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the net rows of burials at Osgathorpe Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.
     
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Census

  • The 1851 census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
     
  • The parish was in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2269
1871 R.G. 10 / 3247
1891 R.G. 12 / 2510
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Osgathorpe is dedicated to Saint Mary the Blessed Virgin.
     
  • The first Norman church was built here in the 13th and 14th century.
     
  • The chancel was built in 1860, the former chancel being incorporated with the nave.
     
  • This church tower was added in 1930.
     
  • The church seats 150.
     
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.
     
  • Michael PATTERSON also has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1680.
     
  • The churchs were in the West Akeley rural deanery.
     
  • The Weslyean Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1912.
     
  • The General Baptists all had a chapel built here in 1879.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Osgathorpe is a village and a parish 122 miles north of London, just 3 miles north of Swannington and 5 miles east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers 922 acres.

The village is in a fertile valley on a stream that feeds into the Soar River. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, pick up the A512 just east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and head toward Loughborough. After you cross the A447, Osgathorpe is just off to the left.
     
You can see pictures of Osgathorpe which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Storey Arms Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK431195 (Lat/Lon: 52.77138, -1.362599), Osgathorpe which are provided by:

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Military History

In Osgathorpe Cemetery there is one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II.

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Military Records

The man in the Commonwealth War Grave (from www.cwgc.org): Samuel SMITH, srgt., pilot, RAF 602 Sqrn., died 23 Jan 1943. Husband of Beryl Eileen SMITH.

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Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the mid division of the county.
     
  • In April, 1935, many parish boundaries were "adjusted". Thringstone parish was abolished and its 482 acres were added to Osgathorpe parish.
     
  • You can communicate with the Parish Council about civic and political issues, but they do Not have the resources to help with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch petty session hearings.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Osgathorpe became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 318
1841 396
1871 350
1881 304
1891 306
1901 312
1911 298
1921 298
1931 357
1951 404
1961 392
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Schools

  • Thomas HARLEY founded the Grammar School here in 1670, but his school closed in 1901.
     
  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1836 to hold 50 students.