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Okeover, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Okeover, a village and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands on the river Dove at the boundary with Derbyshire, 2½ miles NW of Ashborne. Post town, Ashborne. Acreage of parish, 863; population, 81. Okeover Hall is the seat of the Okeover family; was built on the site of a former mansion; contains Raphael's " Holy Family," which was hidden under a floor during the Civil Wars of Charles I.; and contains also paintings by Titian, Carlo Doici, Rubens, and Vandervelde. The property is said to have been in the possession of the Okeover family since Saxon times. The parish contains Hallsteds barrow and Arbour Close Roman camp. The living is a donative in the diocese of Lichfield; value, £40. The church is old and ivy-clad, and contains a triple-canopied brass of an Okeover of 1520, and other monuments to members of the family. It was restored by Sir Gilbert Scott, There are two almsbouses for clergymen's widows.

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 CountyStaffordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishOkeover All Saints 

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

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Okeover

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Okeover from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Okeover are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictEast Staffordshire
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDE6
Post TownAshbourne