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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 3½ 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 & Wales, 1894-5


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

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishOverton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWhitchurch 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictBasingstoke and Deane
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG25
Post TownBasingstoke