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Overton in Wrexham North Wales

Overton-on-Dee, is situated in a rural location, some 7 miles from the rapidly growing town of Wrexham. The beautiful town of Ellesmere, known as Shropshire’s Lakeland due to its nine Meres created during the glacial period, is six miles in the opposite direction. The Bangor-on-Dee horseracing course is even closer, being some 2 miles away. On a wider scale, Overton is an ideal base to explore North Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. It is only 22 miles from the City of Chester and a similar distance from Shrewsbury.

Over recent years Overton has attracted people to live in the village and commute to local towns, however many residents are still employed in agriculture and the place retains a tranquil environment. 

From a geological perspective, Overton is situated on the edge of an escarpment which curves it way around the course of the River Dee. The village has many attractive residences which command wonderful views over the Dee valley, and from the car park adjacent to St Mary’s Church you can walk the Maelor Way, a 25 mile long distance footpath!. 

Overton has a large collection of both 18th and 19th century buildings. Many are protected for their beauty and interest, even the old telephone box has been ‘listed’ and the village centre has been designated as a Conservation Area. 

The village has a number of small shops which cater for locals and those passing through, but such is progress that many small stores have gone the way of others under the pressure of the supermarket giants. Incidentally, the local Fish and Chip shop has won awards for it’s fine food. 

The width of the main street, confirms it’s origins as a market town. No market is held there these days but one can easily get a feel for how the bustling market must have looked all those years ago. 

Overton is dominated by St Mary’s Church which is well known for its churchyard yews which are one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. In 1992, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II planted another yew tree when she attended a ‘Pageant of Village Life’ to celebrate the granting of a Royal Charter to Overton by Edward 1 in 1292. 

Overton is a compact lively community (population around 1200) brimming with a large number of clubs, organisations, societies, amateur Football, Cricket, Tennis and Bowls clubs and there is also a Boules pitch where competitions are held with visitors from the twinned village of La Murette in France. 

Overton is well worth a visit, bring you Camera and expect to stay a while.


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