Overton, Hampshire

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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
 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
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England
Hampshire

Overton is a large village and parish in Hampshire, England located west of the town of Basingstoke, and east of Andover and Whitchurch. The smaller village of Quidhampton lies to the north of the village. The River Test has its source 1 km to the east, near the hamlet of Ashe.

There is evidence of Stone Age and Bronze Age habitation in this locality with finds and barrows located near the village.[2][3] It is host to the quadrennial Overton Sheep Fair. The modern fair was first held in 2000 and most recently in July 2012. 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.

During World War II, as a safety measure, most of the operation of the Bank of England was temporarily relocated to nearby Whitchurch with Overton also being an important site.[4]

Transport[edit]

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.

Church of St Mary[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Overton has two football teams. Non-League football club Overton United F.C. play at Bridge Street, and Tron FC play at Berrydown Sports Ground.[7]

Overton is the home of Overton Harriers & AC, a successful athletics club, based at Overton Recreation Centre.[8] Overton Harriers host two races; the 'Overton 5' a road race which takes in two laps of the village, and the Combe Gibbet race which is a 16 mile point to point race from Walbury Hill to Overton.

Literature[edit]

In Richard Adams' Watership Down, the rival rabbit warren of Efrafa was located just north of the railway above Northington Farm in Overton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ https://www.hants.gov.uk/hampshiretreasures/vol02/page167.html
  3. ^ History of Overton
  4. ^ "Bank of England". Bank of England Archive Guide. p. 10. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Church of St Mary, Overton, British Listed Buildings
  6. ^ Overton Biodiversity Action Plan, Basingstoke and Deane council, p.42
  7. ^ "Tron FC Website". 
  8. ^ "Overton Harriers Website". 

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