This parish is one of the two northern-most of Lincolnshire - any further north and you are standing in the River Humber. Bordered on the south by West Halton parish and on the east side by Winteringham parish. The parish is 3 miles below Trent Falls and contains the hamlet of Bishopthorpe, just south of Whitton village.
Long a ferry crossing on the Humber, Whitton is far enough upstream that most of the river can be crossed on foot at low tide, except for the dedged channel. If you are planning a visit:
From Scunthorpe, take the A1077 north almost to Winteringham and turn left about a mile before that village to West Halton. From West Halton, Whitton is a mile north.
The name Whitton is from the Old English hwitan+eg, or "White Island". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is little-changed, given as Witenai. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]