Overton shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||160 mi (260 km) SSE|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Wakefield|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Overton is a village between Wakefield and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. The village is situated approximately 5.5 miles (9 km) south-west of Wakefield, 4 miles (6 km) south of Ossett, 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Netherton and 4 miles south-west of Horbury. Overton is conjoined at its northeast to the larger village of Middlestown. Coxley Woods are less than 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southeast.
Overton was historically called 'Over Shitlington', and was one of four villages in the township of 'Shitlington' in the civil parish of Thornhill. In 1881 Overton was in the county court district and Poor Law Union of Wakefield. Village occupations at the time included two farmers, a shopkeeper, the manager of "Cap House pit," and the landlords of The Reindeer and The Black Swan public houses. Shitlington was officially changed to Sitlington in 1929.
Overton is significant for the National Coal Mining Museum, situated on the A642. The former Caphouse Colliery was worked from at least 1789 until the coal was exhausted in 1985 when work was started to convert it to a museum.
- "Thornhill: Shitlington", The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868. Retrieved 15 January 2015
- Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, p. 1382
- Woodall, R.D. (1977), The Sitlington Story, Horbury School Publishing Committee, p. foreword. ISBN 0950598704
- "Lesley Anne Mattacks", Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2016
- Media related to Overton, Wakefield at Wikimedia Commons
- "Sitlington West Riding", A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 15 January 2015
- Coxley News - personal registrant web site for Netherton, Middlestown, Overton and Midgley
- Wakefield Council
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