Whatton through time

St. John of Beverley Parish Church

St. John of Beverley Parish Church

The current fabric of the church dates from probably the 11th Century, with 14th Century additions. There is evidence that ...

Thomas Cranmer

Tudor Whatton and Thomas Cranmer

By the time of Henry VII, Whatton Manor and the Estate were in the hands of the Gascoigne family. No ...

Sir Hugh Newmarch – circa 1400 – Photograph courtesy of the late Stan Stewart

The Norman Heritage

In 1066, the Manor of Whatton was granted by William I (The Conqueror) to Gilbert de Ghent who in turn ...

Extract from the Doomsday Book

Early Settlement

Whatton is an ancient settlement, artefacts have been found on the border of Aslockton and Whatton indicating that there was ...

Our History

Whatton (or Whatton-in-the-Vale) lies in the Nottingham portion of the Vale of Belvoir approximately three miles east of the ancient market town of Bingham.

The generally accepted origin of the name Whatton is that proposed by the English Place Name Society (‘EPNS’). Their interpretation is that the first part ‘What’ is a corruption of Wheat (as in Wheatley, Notts) with the Saxon suffix of ‘ton’meaning farm or settlement. This would describe Whatton as being a Wheat Farm or Settlement.  Given that the area was never heavily wooded and the quality of the land it would seem to be a fair description.

The earliest reference to Whatton in the Vale dates from 1375 and the ‘in-the-Vale’ suffix first appeared in 1783.

Irrespective of its meaning the Whatton name appears to be Early Saxon/Dane in its origin. Other names in the parish appear to have their roots in the Dane or Saxon language. The River Smite is almost certainly Germanic and its alternative name Cockerbeck is a fusion of both Danish and Saxon words.

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