Snowdrops & Yellow Aconytes in the spinney behind the Old Rectory

A Little Bit About Us

Cold Overton is a village in the Melton district of Leicestershire, England. It is situated close to the border with Rutland, and approximately 3 miles west from the market town of Oakham. The village forms part of the civil parish of Knossington. The population is included in the civil parish of Knossington and Cold Overton.

Cold Overton is listed in the Domesday Book as in the Framland Hundred of Leicestershire, with 12 ploughlands, 17 households, 4 freemen, 8 villagers, 4 smallholders, and a priest. The settlement contained a meadow and woodland, both of 30 acres. Lordship in 1066 was held by Ulf Fenman, transferred to Fulco in 1086, with Drogo of la BeuvriËre as Tenant-in-chief.

In 1870 Cold Overton was a parish in the district of Oakham.  The area of the parish was 1,657 acres in which were 19 houses and a population of 97. Occupations in 1877 included eight graziers, four of whom were farmers, a further farmer and a market gardener. Also listed was a schoolmistress, the parish rector, and Frewen family occupants of Cold Overton Hall.

The Grade I listed village church is dedicated to John the Baptist. Originating in the 12th century, there were additions during the following two centuries and a restoration in 1889.  At the centre of the village is the Grade I listed Cold Overton Hall, a country house of c. 1664 with early 19th-century additions.

In 2018, Cold Overton remains a small village of around three dozen houses.  It has no village hall, no school and no pub!  At night the only light comes from a single floodlight lighting the church.