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Origin: Brook or valley of the burg, or hill/ridge

Domesday:Held by Abbey of Coventry 1 ¼ hide. 22 ½ carucates of land. In demesne 2 ploughs, 20 villans with 2 bordars and 2 slaves having 8 ploughs. A meadow I furlong long and as broad and woodland half a league long and 4 furlongs broad

 

A large village, which, despite obvious considerable growth over the years, has retained several attractive, beamed houses in the neighbourhood of the church and other substantial buildings.

There is also a dwelling with the name "Manor House" that has a number of interesting features (I liked the windows) but it looks, from the outside, rather modern for a manor - perhaps it has been re clad in brick at some stage.

The church has a fine spire that looked to me to be slightly askew. Parts of the church date back to the 13th century.

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My interest in the village is the Overton family who were there 1674 to 1750. If anyone has come across a Richard Overton born about 1650 in the surrounding area you could make my day!

 

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For a description of the village in the 1860s White's Directory of 1863 is attached