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Over, Cambridgeshire

Historical Description

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.

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 CountyCambridgeshire 
Ecclesiastical parishOver St. Mary 
Poor Law unionSt. Ives 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cambridgeshire is available to browse.


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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Cambridgeshire 1575 and 1619 is available online.

DistrictSouth Cambridgeshire
Postal districtCB24
Post TownCambridge