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St Osmund, Osmington, Dorset

(50°38′45″N, 2°23′29″W)
SY 7241 8298
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Osmund
now St Osmund
  • Howard Austin Jones
30 May 2013

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The existing church was extensively restored c. 1846 and comprises a rebuilt chancel, nave, a rebuilt N aisle which retains its arcade from c.1 300, a S aisle and S porch, both of c.1846, and a 15thc W tower. Parts of the chancel arch suggest an earlier Romanesque building, although they are heavily restored. The font is also probably from the same time.


The lord of Osmington in 1066 and 1086 was Milton Abbey. The value of the settlement was £8. By 1291 the Abbey had appropriated the rectory, and a vicarage was instituted in 1302. The rectory was valued at £6 13s 4d.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




S. Glynne, Notes on some Dorset Churches. In Fletcher, JMJ: Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club 45 (1923-4), 42-3.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, Harmondsworth 1972, 308.

Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. 2: South East, Part 1, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, London 1970, 178-180.