"Hockerton is a small village, two miles north by east of Southwell, and contains 106 inhabitants and 1,045 acres of land. It was owned by Johannes de Walor in 1183, and afterwards passed by the families of Botiler and Criche, and is now the property of Major General Whetham, who succeeded to the estate of the late Admiral Southeron in 1839. He is the entire owner of the land and lord of the manor, and also patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £9 9s 4½d, now at £244. The Rev. John P. Mills is the incumbent, who resides at the rectory house, a newly erected building adjoining the church. The rector has 50 acres of ancient glebe, and receives £192 in lieu of tithes. The church is a small structure, with a tower and three bells, and is dedicated to St Nicholas. It was repewed in 1843. A neat school was built in 1843 by Major General Whetham, who also supports the teacher. Hockerton Moor is a farm house, on an elevated situation, nearly a mile and a half west of the village." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
Hockerton is a small village and a parish on the high road from Mansfield to Newark (the A617). It is 6 miles north-west of Newark and 11 miles south-east of Mansfield. The parish covers about 1,350 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A617 west out of Newark. This road passes through Hockerton.
The name Hockerton is Old English hocer+ton, or "farmstead at the hump or rounded hill". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Hocretone. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].