Overton, Hampshire


Overton, Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°14′38″N 1°15′41″W / 51.2439°N 1.2615°W / 51.2439; -1.2615

Overton
Crossroads in the centre of Overton - geograph.org.uk - 220033.jpg
Crossroads in the centre of Overton
Overton is located in Hampshire
Overton

 Overton shown within Hampshire
Population 4,431 [1]
OS grid reference SU516496
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.[2] 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.

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Transport

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.

Housing

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.[3]

The churchyard is noted for having a large and long-established colony of glow worms (Lampyris noctiluca), which are becoming increasingly rare in the UK.[4]

References

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ History of Overton
  3. ^ Chirch of St Mary, Overton, British Listed Buildings
  4. ^ Overton Biodiversity Action Plan, Basingstoke and Deane council, p.42

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