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Overton is a large village and parish in Hampshire, England located west of the town of Basingstoke, and east of Andover and Whitchurch. The village contains smaller hamlets of Southington, Northington, Polhampton and Quidhampton the latter two lying to the north of the village. The River Test has its source to the east, near the hamlet of Ashe.There is evidence of habitation in the area since the Stone and Bronze Ages with finds and barrows located near the village.The area has a history of banknote paper manufacture starting in the 18th Century and Overton Mill still produces Pound Sterling banknotes for the Bank of England. During World War II, some operations of the Bank of England were temporarily relocated to nearby Whitchurch and Overton.HistoryEarliest originsThe area around Overton has been inhabited for millennium with evidence of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Celtic occupation scattered across the parish and surrounding countryside, including:- tumuli at Popham Beacons at the southern tip of the parish; Abra Barrow on the boundary south west of Overton; a long barrow to the west of Willesley Warren Farm in the north of the parish; strip lynchets on Rotten Hill and the Harrow Way, an ancient track which runs across the parish north of the village. Roman occupation in the area is shown by the discovery of Roman pottery shards in Little Meadow and the Port Way Roman Road marks the northern boundary of the parish.
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