From Eileen Lowndes, Manchester (Thanks Eileen!)
Text from ‘Creative’ – the company that owns the building:
The history of Overton House
Overton House was built in 1702, reputedly by a Mr. Mallabar, a retired East indian Merchant. From that time, and for well over 200 years, the house remained the home of the same family As late as 1928, Mrs Esther Ann Mallabar Muir was brought back to her former home for her funeral.
Overton House was then the residence of her son, Dr. John Moir They belonged to the old Congleton family of Lowndes, who gave the land on which St James Church was built.
Mrs Moir was the only daughter of Wm. Lowndes Yates, Barrister-at-Law, of Overton House, and in 1880 married Jolm, fourth son of Patrick Moir afterwards Moir-Byers of Tonley, Aberdeenshire Her eldest son, Lt-Col. Howard Lowndes Moir, commander of the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. T F and served with ”Great Distinction” in the Boer and Great Wars.
He was survived along with another brother and sister, by Dr. John Moir of Congleton, from whose home the funeral procession left for Astbury and the family burying ground.
It reached from Overton House to far down Antrobus corner, and all along the way to Astbury, crowds lined the streets In his practise, Dr Moir was Joined by Dr. Galbraith, who lived at the house until the mid 1960’s when Overton House ceased to be a family home.
2 thoughts on “Overton House, Congleton”
I am a student at the University of Salford and am studying Architectural Design and Technology. I am investigating Overton House for a report for my Conservation class and was wondering if you would be willing for me to contact you for any information you might be able to give on the building or your time there.
My name is Margaret Anne Galbraith, and I lived in Overton House from 1935 -1958(?) I loved that house and sadly neither I nor my 2 brothers could take it on. Too much repair work! However,it was restored beautifully, by Sir Alfred McAlpine back to it’s original beauty. I went back and there was a pary on in the Adam dining room and I ws welcomed with open arms. Agood place for a party!!
Lots of love, Mags Maguire. Exmouth