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Ospringe Parish

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Ospringe is in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Ospringe.

Ospringe was a village, parish and liberty in Faversham district, Kent.  The village stands adjacent to the East Kent railway, three-quarters of a mile west of Faversham railroad station and has a post office under Faversham.  Ospringe also had a fair on 29 May in each year.  The parish includes part of Faversham borough and comprises 2,798 acres.  Real property was worth £7,588. Population was 1,111 and houses numbered 227.  Population of the part of the parish within Faversham borough was 150 and number of houses 30.  The property was subdivided.

There are several mansions and other good residences.  A Maison-Dieu or hospital was founded here in 1235 by Henry III;  was held by the Knights Templars;  had a "Camera Regis" for the King's use when going to France by way of Dover; was given, at the dissolution of monasteries, to St. John's College, Cambridge.

Many Roman relics have been found; and are supposed, by some antiquaries, to indiciate Ospringe as the site of the Roman Durolevum.  There are gunpowder mills.  A very fine view is obtained from the railway, at its emergence from a cutting through Beacon Hill.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury with a value of £389 with a habitable glebe house. Patron is St. John's College, Cambridge.  The church is ancient, in good condition;  is built of flint, groined with stone;  and consists of nave, aisles and chancel.

There are a parochial school and charities worth £13.  The liberty is conterminate with the parish and is governed by a constable, chosen annually at a court-leet.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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