John Constable the famous English landscape painter whilst spending his honeymoon at Osmington, completed the his painting of Weymouth Bay which now hangs in the National Gallery, and made sketches in Preston church.

Osmington itself is a picturesque village off the main Weymouth to Poole road, but the effect has been somewhat spoiled by the proliferation of yellow lines along its narrow streets. Osmington was home to the Warnham family, one of whom, William became Archbishop of Canterbury in the reign of Henry VII and is believed to have crowned Henry VIII.

More popular is Osmington Mills on the other side of the main road, and at the end of a lane which brings the visitor to the sea is the Smugglers Inn. Formerly the Crown, and later the Picnic but Smugglers is more apt since here was one of the leading landing places for the gentlemen of the night in the 18th century. The Inn had its beginnings in the 13th century and for many years had a brewery at the back. It was the headquarters of the famous French smuggler Pierre Latour, better known locally as French Peter.

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