Description in 1877:
"Burton Overy, a neat village, in a pleasant valley, 8 miles S.E. of Leicester, has in its parish, which is in Gartree Hundred, Billesdon Union, and Leicester County Court District, 469 persons, living in 106 houses, on 1,660 acres of land, watered by a rivulet, and having a strong clayey soil. The Earl of Stamford and Warrington is lord of the honor, and Sir J. H. Palmer is lord of the manor, which has been called Burton Noveray; but the soil belongs chiefly to the Rev. F. Thorp, the Misses Coleman, G. Coleman, Esq., R. Haymes, Esq., and J. Woodruffe, Esq. Hugh de Grentemaisnell had land here in 1086, and since then the land has been held by the Ferrers, Quincy, Verdun, Meynell, Noveray, and other families. The Church (St. Andrew) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and was restored in 1866-8, when it was re-seated, the chancel newly roofed, the pulpit and reading-desk erected, and the gallery removed at a cost of £700, defrayed by subscription." White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland, 3rd Edition," 1877
The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon Registration District.
The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print and Volume 11 covers the Billesdon sub-district which includes Burton Overy.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Burton Overy is a village and a parish 8 miles south-east of Leicester city, 8 miles north-west of Market Harborough and about 98 miles north of London. The parish covers approx. 1,900 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A6 arterial road southeast out of Leicester city and turn left (north) after passing through Great Glen. That county road should, after about a half mile, bring you to Burton Overy village. Check current maps because the webpage author's map shows a bypass under construction.
Stop at "The Bell" public house for refreshments and visit the church across from the parking lot.
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007. This sign is on the south side of the village and looks as if someone has roughed it up for being rude. Perhaps you could create a sign more worthy of respect for the village.
Steve ROWEE has a photograph of a newer Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
You can see pictures of Burton Overy which are provided by:
The WWI War Memorial in St. Andrew's Church is an alabaster plaque on the wall with carved Christ on the cross in the centre, raised moulded border with florets and black incised lettering. Eight names are listed on the Memorial.
There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Andrew's Churchyard.