OSMASTON, DERBYSHIRE

Grid Ref: SK 199 440
Dates: 4 July 2015 & 14 May 2018

 

 

Church
St. Martin's taken mid-morning on 14 May 2018

 

St. Martin's spacer St. Martins
On a May morning with the trees in blossom   In late afternoon, with the sun on the west end, July 2015

The village of Osmaston was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Osmundestone. St. Martin's church was built in 1845 to replace an earlier church. The architect was Henry Isaac Stevens and the church contains memorials to the Wright family who were major benefactors. One of the bells in the tower bears the inscription, "I and my four brothers were hung in this church in 1845". The parish registers go back to 1606.

The picture above on the right shows the War Memorial from the Great War, built in 1821 by the 11th Earl Ferrers.

Wikipedia tells us that Osmaston Manor was also designed by Henry Isaac Stevens for Francis Wright of the Butterley Iron Company and completed in 1849. The house was demolished in 1964. The estate was sold in 1888 to Sir Ian Walker's family, who had the house demolished when they moved to Okeover, just over the border into Staffordshire and adopted the Okeover name. The Walker-Okeovers still own the land; the estate hosts popular horse trials and the Ashbourne Shire Horse Show. Osmaston Park, an area of 3000 acres is now a wedding venue.

Pevsner notes that the lords of the manor of Osmaston have built picturesque estate cottages of brick with thatched roofs and bargeboards. In the park is a Swiss-style saw mill with a water wheel.

Sources

The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, revised by Elizabeth Williamson, Yale University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-300-09591-0
The King's England, Derbyshire, by Arthur Mee, first published in 1937, 6th impression 1951
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