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Overton, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Overton, a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village stands on the river Kennet, 4 miles W by S of Marlborough station on the G.W.R., and is a small place. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Marlborough. The parish comprises the township of West Overton, the tithing of Lockeridge, and the chapelry of Alton Priors. Acreage, 4248; population of The civil parish, 606; of the ecclesiastical, 974. There is a parish council consisting of eight members. Lockeridge House is a chief residence. Most of the land is disposed in sheep farms. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Alton Priors and with the vicarage of Fyfield, in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £470 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1878, and, is in the Early Decorated style.

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 CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishOverton St. Michael 
HundredElstub and Everley 
Poor Law unionMarlborough 

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Church Records

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1605-1880 1605-18361605-1880

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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