Cold Overton


Description in 1877:
"COLD OVERTON. a small village and parish, adjoining Rutlandshire, 4 miles W.N.W. of Oakham, in Framland Hundred, Oakham Union and that County Court District, in 1871 contained 85 persons, living in 15 houses, on 1,657 acres of land, chiefly clay, with some gravel, and the ground hilly."
[WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland." 3rd Edition 1877]



  • The parish was in the Oakham sub-district of the Oakham 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 27 covers the Great Easton Sub-District & Oakham Registry Districts which include Cold Overton.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 588
1851 H.O. 107 / 2091
1861 R.G. 9 / 2306

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The date of construction is unreported but is believed to dae from the 13th century.
  • The roof was repaired in 1890 and replaced in 1897.
  • The church seats 120.
  • The church is adorned with a number of medieval paintings, many badly damaged. One is of Saint Catherine and is dated circa 1230.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.
  • Roger TEMPLEMANN has a photograph of the church tower and spire on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1556 but is considered "imperfect."
  • Bishop's Transcript cover 1578 through 1852 with gaps.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (first division).
  • The Society of Genealogists holds copies of records from Cold Overton Parish Church including extracts of baptisms from 1556 - 1726, marriages from 1606 - 1672 and burials from 1574 - 1770.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Oakham sub-district of the Oakham registration district.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Cold Overton is a village and a parish on the border of Rutland county. The parish lies 8 miles south-east of Melton Mobray, 4 miles west of Oakham, Rutland, and covers 1,729 acres. Most of the parish was grazing land for centuries.

The village is described as "linear," and "isolated." It sits on a ridge some 213 meters above sea level. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • Cold Overton Hall was built in 1664.
  • The Hall was the residence of Earl CROWLEY, JP, in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK811102 (Lat/Lon: 52.683251, -0.801959), Cold Overton which are provided by:


Military History

  • Roger TEMPLEMANN has a photograph of the Remains of Royal Observer Corps bunker on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.
  • Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph of the ROC post on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016.
  • Sam TAIT also has a photograph of the ROC post in the parish on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern (or northern) division of the county.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and all 1,729 acres were amalgamated into Knossington Civil Parish.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding political or social issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist in family history research.
  • Also, for district governance, you can contact the district Borough Council regarding political or social issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Melton Mowbray petty session hearings.
  • John Frewen TURNER founded an asylum for 20 female orphans, but this was discontinued prior to 1881.
  • A workhouse was purchased in the parish in 1732.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Oakham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 88
1811 96
1841 118
1861 97
1871 85
1881 80
1891 110
1901 84


  • The village had its own school in 1850, but this closed prior to 1881.
  • After 1881, the children of this parish attended the school in Knossington.