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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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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "OVERTON, a township in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 5 miles S.W. of Lancaster, its post town. It is situated on Morecambe Bay at the river Lune's mouth. The township comprises the hamlets of Overton, Middleton, and Heaton-with-Oxcliffe. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £155, in the patronage of the Vicar of Lancaster. The church is an ancient structure with an open turret containing one bell. Overton was formerly a Roman settlement. It is joined with Sunderland to form a township."

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  • "SUNDERLAND, a chapelry in the parish of Lancaster, county Lancaster, 3 miles S.W. of Lancaster. It is situated near Sunderland Point, and has a harbour in the Lane with 12 feet of water, opposite the Glasson basin. It is joined with Overton."

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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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