Waterton, Lincolnshire shown within Lincolnshire
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Waterton is a Deserted Medieval Village on the River Trent near Garthorpe and Luddington in the Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire, England. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book which records that, before the Norman Conquest, Waterton was held by Fulcric who had one carucate of land with a hall.
At the time of the Domesday survey, it was waste. It became the property of the Abbot of Selby and at some point between 1160 and 1179 when Gilbert de Ver was Abbot, it was given by him to Reiner de Normanby, son of Norman de Normanby, for an annual rent of twelve shillings. Reiner took the name de Waterton. In the words of the 19th-century historian of the Isle of Axholme Rev Stonehouse “this family is equal if not superior in a long line of ancestry to most of the commoners of England”. Notable members of the family include John de Waterton (Master of the Horse), Robert de Waterton (guardian of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York), Hugh de Waterton, Sir Robert and Sir Thomas Waterton (High Sheriffs of Yorkshire), Lady Margaret Waterton (Lady of the Garter), and Charles Waterton the naturalist. Sir Robert Waterton is mentioned in Shakespeare's Richard II.
Waterton became deserted in the late 15th or 16th century. Some excavation has been undertaken. It has now been taken over by the Strawson family. Only the seven-bedroom Waterton Hall remains, described by Pevsner as “a fine example of Georgian splendour”.
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-  Rev W.B. Stonehouse, MA. The History and Topography of the Isle of Axholme, being that part of Lincolnshire which is West of the Trent. (1839) publ. Longman, Rees, Orme (London).
- J.W. Walker, OBE, FSA. The Burghs of Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire and the Watertons of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. (1931) The Yorkshire Archæological Journal XXX 314-419.
- William Shakespeare, "King Richard II" Act 2, Scene 1. Full text at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1776
-  Carrott, J., Hall, A., Jaques, D., Kenward, H. and Large, F. An assessment of biological remains from excavations at Waterton, North Lincolnshire (site code: WGF96). (1996) Reports from the Environmental Archaeology Unit, York.
- R. Van de Noort & S. Ellis (Eds.), Wetland heritage of the Ancholme and lower Trent Valleys. An archaeological survey. (1998) Hull: Humber Wetlands Project, University of Hull. ISBN 978-0-85958-193-6
- Beresford, Maurice & Hurst, John G., Deserted medieval villages: studies, London: Lutterworth Press, 1971
- Loughlin, Neil and Miller, Keith. A survey of archaeological sites in Humberside. [Hull, Humberside]: Humberside Libraries and Amenities, c1979.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Lincolnshire (Pevsner Buildings of England). (1989) New Haven, Connecticut, USA: Yale University Press ISBN 978-0-300-09620-0[page needed]
- http://www.jss.org.uk/cw/Charles_Waterton/waterton-hall.htm retrieved 16 April 2008