"Whatton Parish includes the two townships of Whatton and Aslacton, which keep their poor separately, and contains together 764 inhabitants, and about 3,400 acres of land in the vale of the Smite, where that river is augmented by the Wipling. Whatton village and township is on the south side of the Smite, and on the Grantham road, three miles east by south of Bingham. It was anciently called Wotone, from its watery situation, the flood water lying longer here than in many other places. it contains 404 inhabitants and 1,720 acres of land, and was enclosed in the year 1790, when 36a 1r 18p were allotted to the vicar, and 120a 3r 5p to the impropriator, G.S. Foljambe Esq., in lieu of tithes. The latter sold his allotment to Thomas Hall Esq. of Nottingham, who now owns 1,100 acres here, having purchased several farms of the lord of the manor, the Earl of Chesterfield, who still holds 320 acres, and the remainder belongs to several smaller freeholders. T.D. Hall Esq. erected in 1841 a large and elegant mansion, near the southern point of the parish, which stands on a gentle eminence, and commands extensive and picturesque views over the Vale of Belvoir, with Belvoir Castle, and the Leicestershire hills, seen in the distance. The mansion is built in the Elizabethan style, and is delightfully surrounded with pleasure gardens and thriving plantations. A great part of the village has been rebuilt, slated and stuccoed in the same style as the manor house, which gives an air of elegance and neatness rarely to be met with in an agricultural village."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Bingham is an excellent resource.



  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 854
1861 R.G. 9 / 2484
1871 R.G. 10 / 3547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • There is no church or priest mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John of Beverley.
  • The date of original construction is unreported, but believed to be mid-12th century.
  • The church and tower were extensively repaired in 1807. In 1808 the south transept was pulled down and the south aisle rebuilt.
  • The church nave and tower were rebuilt in 1870-71.
  • The church seats 350.
  • Thomas CRANMER, Archibishop of Canterbury, author of the Book of Prayer, worshiped here and his father is buried here.
  • There is a photograph of St. John's Church at Panoramio.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538 and is in good condition. Entries from 1597 to 1662 are lost.
  • In 1904 the marriage registers were edited by W. P. W. PHILLIMORE and J. WARD and were published by the Parish Register Society.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1825 and a larger chapel in 1846.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Ratcliffe upon Trent sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Correctional Institutions

Whatton (HM Prison) opened at the west end of the village in 1960 as a detention centre. Since 1990 it has been a Category C closed male prison for sex offenders.


Description & Travel

Whatton is a township, a village and a parish on the south bank of the River Smite about 117 miles north of London, 2.5 miles east of Bingham, 12 miles south-by-west of Newark-on-Trent and 11 miles west of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The parish covers 1,760 acres.

HM Prison at Whatton is located in the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 trunk road out of Nottingham or Grantham. Whatton will be two miles east of the A46 trunk road intersection.
  • Kevin FUTTER has a photograph of Whatton Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007. You should stop by and get a schedule of forth-coming events and ask about renting the Hall for your family re-union!
You can see pictures of Whatton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Whatton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The Manor House was built in 1841.
  • The Manor House is a short distance from the village and was the residence of Mrs. Dickenson HALL, lady of the manor, in 1881.
  • In 1904 the Manor House was the residence of Captain Montagu Haffenden HALL.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK743387 (Lat/Lon: 52.940774, -0.896569), Whatton which are provided by:


Military History

  • Around 1920 a Roll of Honour in a molded frame was placed inside the church.
  • The First World War Memorial is at the eastern end of the south wall of the south transept. It is a rectangular architecturally framed tablet. It is flanked by columns supporting a pediment with a crucifix in the apex of the tympanum. The tablet and columns rest on a shelf with brackets and apron.
  • The Second World War Memorial is at the back of a table in the nave. It is a metal plaque with blue incised Roman lettering.

Military Records

There are three War Memorial plaques in the church. To see the list of names on them, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

The names on the snaller WWI memorial are (all deceased):

  1. Greasley, Ernest John
  2. Sears, Gerald Richard
  3. White, George Edward

Names, Geographical

The 1086 Domesday Book list the name was Watone.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the southern division of the county in the Bingham Hundred or Wapentake.
  • You may contact the local Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1790.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Whatton Aslacton
1801 308 171
1821 390  
1851 404 360
1861 353 410
1871 360  
1881 283  
1891 281  
1901 253 372
1911 250  


  • A Church of England School was built here before 1853. Prior to that year, school had been held in the church.