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Orston is a small village in Nottinghamshire, England nearby to Thoroton, Elton on the Hill and Bottesford. The name Orston is thought to originate from the Old English Ordricestune which means 'the farmstead of Ordric" Ordric was the leader of the small settlement. Some early references to the settlement are Oschintone 1086 (the Domesday Book), Orskinton 1242, Orston 1284 and Horston 1428. Although there are gypsum quarries in the area, Orston was once primarily a mining village.
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Other names by which Orston, Nottinghamshire has been known in the past
Orston, Nottinghamshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Orston, par. and vil., Notts - par., 1940 ac., pop. 484; vil., 4 miles NE. of Bingham; P.O.
Orston, Nottinghamshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)
ORSTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union, and N. division of the wapentake, of Bingham, S. division of the county of Nottingham, 6¼ miles (E. by N.) from Bingham; containing 501 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 1800 acres. The soil is marly, resting towards the east and south upon limestone, and near the west upon a reddish clay; and there is an extensive bed of gypsum, used very generally for floors. The small river Smite runs through the parish. The living is a discharged vicarage, with the livings of Scarrington and Thoroton annexed, valued in the king's books at £12. 4. 7.; net income, £268; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln. The tithes were commuted for 132 acres of land in 1796. The body of the church is ancient, but the tower was rebuilt about the year 1763. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. Near the village is a powerful chalybeate spring impregnated with sulphur.
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