- Overton, Hampshire
Crossroads in the centre of Overton
Overton shown within Hampshire
Population 4,431  OS grid reference District Basingstoke and Deane Shire county Hampshire Region South East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town Basingstoke Postcode district RG25 Dialling code 01256 Police Hampshire Fire Hampshire Ambulance South Central EU Parliament South East England UK Parliament North West Hampshire List of places: UK • England • Hampshire
Overton is a village and parish in Hampshire, England located west of the town of Basingstoke, and east of Andover and Whitchurch. The village of Quidhampton lies to the north of the village. The River Test rises 1 km to the east near the hamlet of Ashe.
There is evidence of early man living in this locality with barrows located near the village. It is host to the quadrennial Overton Sheep Fair. The modern fair was first held in 2000 and most recently in July 2008. It commemorates farmers leading sheep through the village many years ago, as well as the Overton Mummers, who perform frequently over the Yuletide period outside some of the many public houses in the village.
The village is served by Overton railway station on the West of England Main Line, which lies to the north of the village. It is also served by a weekday hourly bus service provided by Stagecoach to Winchester and Andover, both of which continue to form a 30 minute service to Basingstoke.
A new development of 75 eco-friendly homes featuring contemporary architecture and energy saving devices has been built in Foxdown, Overton
Church of St Mary
Overton church, dedicated to St Mary, has mediaeval origins, with the nave dating to about 1180 and the chancel to the 13th century. It was rebuilt several times during the 19th century.
- Overton village website
- Overton Biodiversity Society
- Overton Harriers & AC
- Overton Business Association
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