In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Overton like this:
OVERTON, a village in Marlborough district, and a parish partly also in Pewsey district, Wilts. The village stands on the river Kennet, 4 miles W by S of Marlborough r. station; and is a small place. The parish comprises the township of West Overton and the tything of Lockeridge, in Marlborough district, and the chapelry of Alton-Priors, in Pewsey district. Acres, with Fyfield parish, and with Overton-Heath and Clatford-Park extra-parochial tracts, 8,030. Real property, with Fyfield, £6, 156. Pop. of O. parish alone, in 1851, 1,025; in 1861, 910. Houses, 194. Overton House is a chief residence. Most of the land is disposed in sheep farms. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Alton-Priors and with the vicarage of Fyfield, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £319.* Patron, the Duke of Marlborough. The church is ancient, and has a pinnacled tower.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Overton, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th June 2016
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