Overton, Laverstoke and Freefolk

If the term "new town" conjures up an image of Milton Keynes and concrete cows, visit Overton, which was designated a "new town" back in the thirteenth century! Mentioned in 909 in a grant of land by King Edward to the Bishop of Winchester, the manor was still held by the bishop at the time of the Domesday Survey. The early village was on the north bank of the Test, buy in the thirteenth century a new town was planned by Bishop de Lucy on the south bank. By the early seventeenth century the original mediaeval village around the church had decayed, leaving only the thirteenth century new town, still known as Overton. The twelfth century Church of St Mary was restored in 1853 and 1897, and the tower rebuilt in 1909. There are remains of an eleventh or twelfth century chapel at Quidhampton Farm.

Overton is still in the news, with the nearby Watership Down inn winning a CAMRA award of merit for "fine spicy food and a prize choice of real ales" in 2002.

My picture, courtesy of David Sadler, shows St Mary's.

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12 Sep 2014 Bombay Sapphire (Pt 2)
12 Sep 2014 Bombay Sapphire opens in Laverstoke
8 Jun 2014 MidSummer Tea Party and Flower Festival at St Nicholas
14 Jul 2013 Overton holds Scarecrow Festival and Family Fun Weekend
14 Jun 2013 Sir George visits Premier in Laverstoke
18 Jan 2013 Sir George opens Ken Hogan Sports Pavilion in Overton
4 Oct 2012 Sir George opens new Laboratories at De La Rue
28 Sep 2012 MP's visit Wind Turbine Site
7 Aug 2012 Overton publicises Join in UK Campaign
14 Jul 2012 Winston opens Sheepfair
30 Jun 2012 Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance holds Summer Fair
13 Apr 2012 Sir George formally opens Kingfisher Day Centre
16 Mar 2012 Sport England give £50,000 to Overton Recreation Centre
2 Dec 2011 Overton switches on Lights
30 Jul 2011 Laverstoke Park Farm holds Field to Fork Festival
26 Mar 2010 Equitable Life Policyholders lobby Sir George
22 Jan 2010 Sir George launches Heritage Trail
16 Jan 2010 Richard Adams recognised by Whitchurch Arts
20 Sep 2009 Kingsclere Heritage Association sponsors Dig at Tidgrove Warren Farm
18 Jul 2009 Overton holds Scarecrow Festival
19 Jun 2009 Wessex Housing donates £500 to Overton Recreation Centre
30 Jan 2009 Sir George goes on the beat in Overton
28 Nov 2008 Lights switched on in Overton
24 Oct 2008 Planning Boss explains situation in Overton
19 Jul 2008 Overton hold Sheep Fair (2)
19 Jul 2008 Overton hold Sheep Fair (1)
11 Jul 2008 Sir George visits Overton Primary School
15 Dec 2007 Overton Rugby Football Club unveils new plans
4 Dec 2007 Sir George gets progress report on station car parking
21 Sep 2007 400 more car parking spaces for local stations, MP is told
1 Jul 2007 Basingstoke MP talks to Overton Conservatives
2 Jun 2007 Overton raises funds for Church
8 Dec 2006 Sir George switches on Christmas Lights in Overton
6 Sep 2006 Sir George speaks on Labour Leadership Crisis
1 Jul 2006 Laverstoke Park holds Open Day
1 Jul 2006 Laverstoke Park holds Open Day (pt 2)
12 Apr 2006 Sir George visits New Voice Media
7 Apr 2006 Sir George visits Popham Airfield
30 Nov 2005 Whitchurch Association Goes Online
5 Nov 2005 Trafalgar Plaque unveiled in Overton
2 Jul 2005 Laverstoke Park holds Open Day
30 Apr 2005 Sir George hands over Easter Egg to Arkle Lodge, Overton
25 Apr 2005 The team sweep through Overton
19 Apr 2005 Goodworth Clatford and the Stations round off the day
18 Apr 2005 Sir George calls in on Jodie Scheckter's shop at Overton
13 Apr 2005 An evening canvassing in Overton
26 Mar 2005 Overton RC hold 8th International Festival of Rugby
12 Nov 2004 Sir George opens new driving range
11 Sep 2004 Sir George visits Roman settlement at Tidgrove Warren Farm
25 Jul 2004 Overton Conservatives hold Pre-lunch Drinks Party
18 Jul 2004 More sheep fair
18 Jul 2004 Overton celebrate Victorian Sheepfair
19 Jun 2004 Laverstoke Park holds Open Day
12 Jun 2004 St Johns recruit at Overton School Fete
14 Nov 2003 Sir George addresses Overton Conservatives
17 Oct 2003 North West Hants Conservatives hold Golf Day
15 Aug 2003 Broadband dates for Overton, Dummer and Monk Sherborne
11 Jul 2003 Broadband - Good News for Dummer and Monk Sherborne
6 Jul 2003 Overton Conservatives hold pre-Lunch Drinks
28 Jun 2003 Overton hands over Trade Justice petition
21 Jun 2003 Overton hold Church fete
20 Jun 2003 Sir George to receive petitions on Justice in Trade
9 Jun 2003 Good news for Whitchurch, Overton and Weyhill - Broadband campaign rolls on
30 May 2003 ADSL Broadband - progress update
22 May 2003 Sir George queries consultation on "Oakleystoke"
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
19 Apr 2003 Overton host 7th International Festival of Rugby
28 Mar 2003 Sir George sees how high quality turf is grown
28 Mar 2003 Sir George backs local pharmacies
15 Feb 2003 The Cellar Door opens in Overton
28 Jan 2003 Sir George presses Ministers on rail improvements
17 Jan 2003 Sir George meets NFU at Overton Farm
17 Sep 2002 Sir George and Mayor of Basingstoke open new offices in Overton
7 Sep 2002 HART Wildlife Trust raises funds in Andover
13 Jul 2002 Buddy's Fun Dog Show raises money for Paul
7 Jul 2002 Daniel Hannan MEP addresses Overton Tories
2 Jul 2002 Two cheers for BT on Broadband Initiative
8 Jun 2002 Civil War Re-enactment at Overton School Fete
12 Apr 2002 Sir George discusses Parking in Overton
10 Apr 2002 Basingstoke and Deane - Time for a Better Deal
26 Mar 2002 Progress on Parking in Overton
15 Mar 2002 Sir Christopher Bland addresses North West Hants Supper Club
8 Mar 2002 Sir George meets the Floatron
8 Mar 2002 Hospice Shop in Overton gets another customer
8 Feb 2002 Sir George meets Overton Business Association
1 Feb 2002 Sir George meets prospective Overton candidate
6 Jul 2001 Can I use material from your site in our local village website?
9 Jun 2001 How do I get a link to my site from your site?
Local Links
Overton Village Website
The village site has a diary section, parish council agendas and minutes, information about local businesses, clubs and societies, and an 'about Overton' section which includes the village design statement.
Ashe Village Website
Congratulations on the launch of the Ashe site, perhaps the smallest village in the constituency with its own website. There's a page dedicated to "the Quiet Garden", opened regularly as an act of Ministry by Simon & Diana Wainman.
Churches on the Test
The website for St Mary's Overton and Laverstoke, with lots of interest and value in "The Test" monthly magazine.
Overton Primary School
The school has around 300 pupils in twelve classes. OFTSED (July 2001) calls Overton "a good school, with many strengths, that serves its pupils well. Pupils achieve high standards in most academic subjects and develop positive attitudes. They behave ver
The Whitchurch Web
Lots of energy in Whitchurch, which now has no less than four websites serving the town, of which this is the newest, organised by the recently formed Whitchurch Association.
Overton Harriers and Athletic Club
The Harriers have weekly training sessions and members enter many competitions. There's also an active social programme.
Overton Scouts
Details of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers in Overton.
Overton Rugby Club
Including fixture lists and how to find the ground.

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