Place:Osmaston by Derby, Derbyshire, England

NameOsmaston by Derby
Alt namesOsmastonsource: shortened variation
Osmundestunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 70
TypeChapelry, Civil parish, Suburb, City district
Coordinates52.8982°N 1.4534°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoDerby St. Werburgh, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Repton and Gresley Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was also located
Shardlow Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
City of Derby, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district and unitary authority covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There are two places called Osmaston in Derbyshire. The other is located in the Derbyshire Dales and is known as Aosmaston by Ashbourne. It has been this way for at least 900 years. Both places are mentioned in the Domesday Book and both called "Osmundestune".

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Osmaston by Derby is a suburb of the city of Derby, England and is situated about 4 km south of the city centre. It is written in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Osmundestune". In 1307 the manor of Osmaston was granted to Robert Holland. It was the location of Osmaston Hall, the residence of the Wilmot baronets of Osmaston.

Osmaston Hall included its own chapel of James the Lesser. The hall was demolished to make way for Ascot Drive Industrial Estate in 1938, whilst the chapel managed to survive until 1952. Up till 2007, Osmaston was the main location of the manufacturing unit of Rolls-Royce, until this facility was moved 2 km south to Sinfin. The Nightingale Road, Main Works site opened in 1908 to manufacture the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and at the rear of the site a test track called "Miniature Brooklands" was used to prove the cars.

The area was called The Osmaston Triangle, an area of Derby bounded by a railway line, Osmaston Road and Osmaston Park Road, with the two roads joining at the "Spider Bridge" in Allenton.

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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