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Ossulstone was an ancient hundred in the south east of the county of Middlesexmarker, Englandmarker. Its area has been entirely absorbed by the growth of London; and now corresponds to the part of Inner London that is north of the River Thames and, from Outer London, parts of the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Haringey and Hounslow.

History

It was named after "Oswald's Stone" or "Oswulf's Stone", an unmarked pre-Roman monolith which was situated at Tyburnmarker (the modern-day junction of the Edgware Road with Bayswater Road). Oswald's Stone was earthed over in 1819, but dug up three years later because of its presumed historical significance. Later in the 19th century it was to be found leaning against Marble Archmarker following its move. In 1869, shortly after an archaeological journal published an article about it, the stone disappeared and it has not been identified since.

Within Middlesex, it bordered Edmonton hundred to the north and Elthornemarker and Goremarker hundreds to west and north. It bordered the Becontree hundred of Essex to the east and had a short boundary with Hertfordshiremarker to the north. It did not include the City of Londonmarker, which it surrounded to the west, north and east.British History Online - Divisions of Ossulstone hundred Additionally, Westminster formed an independent liberty.

Replacement

In the 17th century the hundred was split into four divisions, which replaced the hundred for most administrative purposes. These were:

Division Parishes and places
Kensingtonmarker Kensingtonmarker, St Luke Chelseamarker, Fulhammarker, Hammersmithmarker, Chiswickmarker, Ealingmarker, Actonmarker
Holbornmarker St Giles in the Fieldsmarker and St. George's, Bloomsburymarker, St Andrew, Holbornmarker and St George the Martyr, Saffron Hillmarker, Hatton Gardenmarker and Ely Rents, liberty of the Rollsmarker, St Pancrasmarker, St John, Hampsteadmarker, St Marylebonemarker, Paddingtonmarker, Savoy
Finsburymarker St Lukemarker, Glasshouse Yard, St Sepulchremarker, Clerkenwellmarker, St Mary Islingtonmarker, St Mary Stoke Newingtonmarker, The Charterhouse, Finchleymarker, Friern Barnetmarker, Hornseymarker
Tower Hamletsmarker St Mary Whitechapelmarker, Christchurch Spitalfieldsmarker, St Leonard Shoreditchmarker, Norton Folgatemarker, St John Hackneymarker, St Matthew Bethnal Greenmarker, Mile Endmarker Old Town, Mile End New Town, St Mary Stratford Bow, Bromley St Leonardmarker, All Saints Poplarmarker, St Anne Limehousemarker, Ratcliff, Shadwellmarker, St John Wappingmarker, East Smithfieldmarker, St Catherine, The liberty of His Majesty's Tower of London
Westminster Libertymarker St Margaretmarker and St John the Evangelist, St Martin in the Fieldsmarker, St George's, Hanover Squaremarker, St Jamesmarker, St Mary-le-Strandmarker, St Clement Danesmarker, St Paul Covent Gardenmarker, St Anne in the Liberty of Westminster, Whitehall Gardens, Whitehallmarker, Richmond Terrace, The Close of the Collegiate Church of St Petermarker


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