Huge family reunite in Wisborough Green

Osmaston family reunion took place at the weekend. CONTRIBUTED PIC

Osmaston family reunion took place at the weekend. CONTRIBUTED PIC

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A FAMILY reunion of enormous proportions took place in Wisborough Green this weekend.

Around 140 family members came from all over the world – some as far as New Zealand and Hawaii – to the Osmaston reunion which was a ‘huge success’.

All the family are descended from John Osmaston, who moved to Hakwhurst Lodge, as it was then called, in the 1880s, with his 15 children.

Organiser Jill Button, who is the great-great-grand daughter of John Osmaston and lives in a house at Hawkhurst Court, said: “ Many said how special it was to be part of an occasion knowing that everyone present was related in some way.

“The age range was 97 years to four months!

“Some brought family treasures to display and share, including books, pictures, family trees, photos, wills, and even a stuffed tiger shot by one of our ancestors.”

John Osmaston changed his name by deed poll from John Wright.

He was the son of wealthy industrialist and philanthropist Francis Wright, who built the vast Osmaston Manor estate in Derbyshire, which at the time was dwarfed only by nearby Chatsworth House.