Market Overton

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Market Overton
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Village post office
Market Overton is located in Rutland
Market Overton
Market Overton
Market Overton shown within Rutland
Area 2.82 sq mi (7.3 km2[1]
Population 494 2001 Census[2]
• Density 175/sq mi (68/km2)
OS grid reference SK887164
• London 88 miles (142 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Market Overton
Unitary authority
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OAKHAM
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01572
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°44′17″N 0°41′13″W / 52.738°N 0.687°W / 52.738; -0.687Coordinates: 52°44′17″N 0°41′13″W / 52.738°N 0.687°W / 52.738; -0.687

Market Overton is a village on the northern edge of the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The population of the civil parish was 494 at the 2001 census including Teigh and increasing to 584 at the 2011 census.[3]


Most of the civil parish lies to the north and the east, including part of RAF Cottesmore, but not the main runway. The boundary crosses Teigh Road at Netherfields where it borders Teigh. South of Hall Farm, it borders Wymondham and Leicestershire. The Oakham Canal passes through the west of the parish. The county boundary (and the Rutland Round) passes on the southern edge of Woodwell Head. It passes to the south of Pasture Farm and the southern edge of Cribb's Lodge (in Wymondham), where the parish boundary meets Thistleton. The former quarry extended into Thistleton at this point. The Rutland Round detours from the county boundary here through Leicestershire to meet the main road.

Poplar trees to RAF Cottesmore on Thistleton Road

Virtually all of the road to Thistleton is in the parish. It passes near to Thistleton just west of Top Farm (and Sewstern Lane). The former quarry extended to just north of the airfield. It briefly borders Greetham inside RAF Cottesmore, then borders Barrow. The village does not border Cottesmore and is around 475 feet (145 m) above sea level.

The village is on the eastern side of an escarpment overlooking the Vale of Catmose. The area's subsoil is Upper Lias and Inferior Oolite.


The parish church is dedicated to St Peter & Paul. It contains a Saxon arch and some carved stone from the Anglo Saxon era, but most of the existing fabric is in the Perpendicular style, dating from the late 13th and early 14th century.[4] The church, in the Diocese of Peterborough, used to share its benefice with Thistleton, but since 1979 has been with Teigh, Whissendine (and later Ashwell).

Hannah Ayscough, mother of Isaac Newton, was born in the village in 1623. William Kitchen Parker, the zoologist, worked as a druggist's assistant to the village's doctor. The regicide Thomas Waite was the son of a village pub landlord.

The village pub is the Black Bull Inn.


There is a small industrial estate to the north of the village, where ironstone was mined from 1906-72 by James Pain Ltd, later becoming Stewarts & Lloyds then BSC Tubes Division. The brick terraced houses on the road to Thistleton were built for the workers. Access to the mine was by railway, which joined the Melton-Bourne railway at Pain's Sidings. More information is found at the Rutland Railway Museum.

Markon Engineering[edit]

The Markon Engineering company (derived from Stamford Engineering), was started in the village in 1959 by Messrs Fawkes and Knight, and moved to Oakham in 1960 then Dalcross near Inverness in 1969. They made electrical generators, and were taken over by Newage Ltd in 1987. Generators of the Markon name are now made by Cummins Generator Technologies, based in Stamford. They now make two-pole single-phase capacitor-type alternators under the Markon name.


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "National Monument record for the church". 

External links[edit]

The Black Bull in August 2005