Overton, Hampshire

Historical Description

Overton, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands near the source of the river Test or Anton, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 56 miles from London, and 3 ½ ENE of Whitchurch. It was once a market-town and a borough, sent members to Parliament in the times of Edward I. and Edward II., attracts anglers for the sake of very superior trout in the Test, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Whitchurch, and a great lamb and sheep fair on 18 July. The parish contains the tithings of Polhampton, Quidhampton, and Southington. Acreage, 6763; population, 1496. The manor is held by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The living is a rectory and a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £995 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is ancient, has been restored, presents some interesting features, and has a low square tower with shingled spire. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels. Southington House is the chief residence.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Hampshire
Hundred Overton
Poor Law union Whitchurch

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Overton (St. Mary) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


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Visitations Heraldic

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