Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for OVERTON

OVERTON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in the district of Ellesmere and county of Flint. The village stands on an eminence adjacent to the river Dee, 2 miles N of the boundary with Salop, and 4½ N N W of Ellesmere r. station; was known at Domesday as Ovreton; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; unites with Flint, Holywell, Mold, Caeswys, Caergwrle, Rhuddlan, and St. Asaph, in sending a member to parliament; is, as a borough, conterminate with the parish; enjoys delightful environs, with most lovely views of the Dee; was once a market-town; and has a post-office‡under Ruabon, and toll-free fairs on the Saturday after 7 March, the Monday before Holy Thursday, and the Saturday after 2 Oct. The parish contains also the hamlets of Clog, Knolton, and Maesgwaylod. Acres, 4, 398. Real property, £6, 846. Pop. in 1851, 1, 479; in 1861, 1, 397. Houses, 296. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to Robert Fitzhugh; and passed to Robert de Crevecœnr, the Stranges, and others. A castle was built here by Madoc ab Meredydd, prince of Powis; and has left some traces. Knolton Hall is the seat ofR. Cotton, Esq.; Gwernhaelod, of the Fletchers; and Bryn-y-Pys, of E. Peel, Esq. A barrow and ancient camp are in Gwernhaelod park. The first Duke of Wellington spent considerable portions of his boyhood at Bryn-y-Pys. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £551. The church is cruciform and good. The churchyard contains some old yews. Charities, £34.—The sub-district contains also Penley chapelry. Acres, 6, 434. Pop. in 1815, 1,885: in 1861, 1, 779. Houses, 387.

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

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Feature Description: "a village, a parish, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Overton Tn/CP       Overton SubD       Flintshire AncC
Place names: OVERTON     |     OVRETON
Place: Overton

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