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Cold Overton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Cold-Overton, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, at the boundary with Rutland, 3½ miles WNW of Oakham, which is the railway station, and with a post office under Oakham; money order office, Knossington; telegraph office, Somerby. Acreage, 1729; population, 110. Cold-Overton Hall belongs to the Frewen family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; value, £179 with residence. The church is an old Gothic building of stone, and has a tower and spire.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishCold Overton St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionOakham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from 1556, but is imperfect.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Cold Overton:



Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of two bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles and spire, containing a clock and 3 bells, one of which is dated 1664: the church was reseated in 1889, the roof repaired in 1890 and renewed in 1897 with oak timber: the chancel was renovated and refurnished with a screen and stained east window in 1926 by James F. Montagu esq.: there are 120 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cold Overton from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Online maps of Cold Overton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE15
Post TownOakham