Over, a village and a parish in Cambridgeshire. The village stands 1 mile E of the river Ouse at the boundary with Hunts, 1 NNE of Swavesey station on the St Ives and Cambridge section of the G.E.R., and 4¼ miles E by S of St Ives, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under St Ives. The parish comprises 3717 acres of land and 20 of water; population, 1005. The principal manor belongs to the Foster family, and a smaller one to Merton College, Oxford. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £180 with residence. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient and handsome building of stone, chiefly in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a western tower surmounted by a lofty octagonal spire. The western door has a carving of the " Virgin clothed with the sun." The body of the church has cndergone considerable repair; the N aisle was rebuilt in 1847; and the tower and spire were renovated at a cost of £600 in 1864, a clock and chimes being added in 1882. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels. The town lands yield about £300 a year, and there are some small charities. The parish council has eleven members.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Over St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||St. Ives|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Over from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Over (St. Mary))
- Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, 1916
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cambridgeshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Over are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cambridgeshire papers online:
- Cambridge Independent Press
- Cambridge Chronicle and Journal
- Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette
The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.