Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Martin's Church, Osmaston, Ashbourne (44k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Martin's Church, Osmaston, Ashbourne
St Martin's Church (link to Church's website)
Moor Lane, DE6 1LX,
Osmaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1845, and we understand it is still open.

The present structure of St Martin's Church dates from 1845, but it replaced an earlier building. According to the Osmaston Park website, a stone in the previous church was engraved AD CCCCCC, suggesting a previous church dated from 600. Apparently this church was made of wickerwork(!)

St Martin's was built by Francis WRIGHT, to a design by Henry STEVENS of Derby "in a rich 14th century style". It replaced a dilapidated chapel, served by the Rector of Brailsford, dating it is said from 1400 "but not finished until 1600, on account of the unsettled nature of the country". The estate had been owned by the Fitzherberts of Tissington in the 17th century, and it passed into Francis's sole ownership by a series of inheritances and purchase. He was also the owner of the Butterley Company near Swanwick, and an estate at Lenton (near Nottingham). Francis also built the village, and Osmaston Hall. He died in 1873, and the estate was inherited by his son John.

St Martin's Church is now a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. Of particular interest is the Vestry - "almost like a small octagonal Chapter House. Each capital has a different shield and crest with most interesting heraldry". [Source: Church guide leaflet - A Short History (of) St Martin's Church Osmaston]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SK1995044008. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 20 Apr 2011 at 00:00.

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