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OVERTON, a village, a township, and a chapelry, in Lancaster parish, Lancashire. The village stands on the river Lune, within the peninsula between it and the sea, 2½ miles N N E of the river's month, and 3½ S W of Lancaster r. station; and occupies the site of a Roman settlement. The township contains also the hamlets of Sunderland and Saltmarshes, and bears the name of Overton and Sunderland. Acres, 6,314. Real property, £2,042. Pop. in 1851, 334; in 1861, 305. Houses, 67. The property is divided chiefly between two. The chapelry is conterminate with the township. The living is a p.curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £155. Patron, the Vicar of Lancaster. The church is ancient and has an open turret.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

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Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Overton was a township in the parish of Lancaster.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Overton was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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