Overton, Wakefield

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Overton is located in West Yorkshire
Overton shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE260168
• London 160 mi (260 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WF4
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
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Ambulance Yorkshire
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53°38′50″N 1°36′27″W / 53.6472°N 1.60763°W / 53.6472; -1.60763Coordinates: 53°38′50″N 1°36′27″W / 53.6472°N 1.60763°W / 53.6472; -1.60763

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',[1] 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.[2] Shitlington was officially changed to Sitlington in 1929.[3]

National Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery, Overton

St Luke's Parish Church in Overton is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Middlestown with Netherton.[4]

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.


  1. ^ "Thornhill: Shitlington", The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868. Retrieved 15 January 2015
  2. ^ Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, p. 1382
  3. ^ Woodall, R.D. (1977), The Sitlington Story, Horbury School Publishing Committee, p. foreword. ISBN 0950598704
  4. ^ "Lesley Anne Mattacks", Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2016

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