Over, Gloucestershire

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The River Severn at Over
Grid reference: SO813196
Location: 51°52’26"N, 2°16’16"W
Post town: Gloucester
Postcode: GL2
Dialling code: 01452
Local Government
Council: Tewkesbury

Over is a village in Gloucestershire, two miles west of the city of Gloucester. It lies on the A40 road in the civil parish of Highnam, on the west bank of the River Severn. Over was historically a hamlet of the ancient parish of Churcham.

The village is linked to Alney Island and Gloucester by Over Bridge, now a pedestrian bridge but until 1966 the lowest road crossing of the Severn. There was a bridge at Over, where a Roman road crossed the river, from ancient times. It was rebuilt several times, and the present bridge was built by Thomas Telford between 1826 and 1829.[1]

The River Leadon joins the River Severn just to the north of the village. The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, opened in 1795 and closed in 1881, joined the Severn between the village and the confluence of the Leadon. The canal basin at Over was restored in 2000.

In 1903 a new infectious diseases hospital was opened at Over.[2] It closed in 1991.

During living memory the traditional pronunciation of Over is /ʊ̈vɝ/ oo vurr [3]



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