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Archives and Libraries

Overseal village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the Village Hall on Woodville Road every fourth Thursday in the mid-morning.



John SHEPHERD has a photograph of St. Matthew's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.

Brian WEBSTER has a photograph of the graves of Sir Nigel Gresley and his wife on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.



  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Seal area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • No date is given for Netherseal's Church's construction, but it is identified as "in the Early English style."
  • The church was restored in 1874.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of Netherseal's St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.
  • Overseal's church was consecrated on 26 July 1841.

Church Records

The Anglican parish registers for St. Peter's Church date from 1566 and are in good condition.

The General Baptists had a chapel here in Netherseal before 1912.

The Overseal Baptist chapel was built in 1854 and rebuilt in 1897.

The Overseal Wesleyan Methodist chapel was rebuilt in 1895.


Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description and Travel

"NETHER and OVER SEAL form a parish, containing two hamlets so respectively named, in the western division of the hundred of Goscote, county of Leicester, which part is nearly surrounded by Derbyshire; about five miles and a half S.W. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas, held at Tutbury, every third Tuesday for the recovery of debts under 40s. The parish church is dedicated to St. Peter: the living is a rectory, in the patronage & incumbency of the Rev. W. N. Gresley. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,222 inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

There is an area north of the village known as "Linton Heath". Sue ADAIR has a photograph of the "Linton Heath Village Sign" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

"Are we there yet, Mom?" J. SCRINE has a photograph of an Old Milepost on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

Netherseal is a village, a township and a parish that sits up against the border of Staffordshire on the north bank of the River Mease.

Overseal is a village and a Civil Parish that sits up against the border of Leicestershire.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Seal has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Overseal has an annual Civil War re-enactment event on the playing fields. Mark WALTON has a photograph of a Civil War Cannon demonstration on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.


Military History

"Bikeboy" has a photograph of Netherseal's War Memorial Cross by St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.


Names, Geographical

The parish name often appears as "Saile" in old records. The name appears as "Scel" in the 1086 Domesday Book. From the Old English "scegel" according to A. D. MILLS ("Dictionary of English Place Names, 1991").


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • On 30 Sept. 1897, this parish, formerly in Leicesteshire, was transferred to Derbyshire.
  • This parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1831 1,222
1891 1,513


A Public Elementary School (mixed and infants) was built in Overseal in 1907.

Another Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in Overseal in 1875 and enlarged in 1899.

A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in Netherseal in 1870 and enlarged in 1890.