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Saint Thomas Chapel, Aslockton (geograph 84762).jpg
St. Thomas' Church, Aslockton
Aslockton is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population1,742 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK7440
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNottingham
Postcode districtNG13
Dialling code01949
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°57′N 0°54′W / 52.95°N 0.90°W / 52.95; -0.90Coordinates: 52°57′N 0°54′W / 52.95°N 0.90°W / 52.95; -0.90

Aslockton is an English village and civil parish twelve miles (19.3 km) east of Nottingham and two miles (3.2 km) east of Bingham, on the north bank of the River Smite opposite Whatton-in-the-Vale. The parish is also adjacent to Bingham, Scarrington, Thoroton and Orston. It lies in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire.[1] The population was recorded as 1,742 in the 2011 census.[2]


Appearing as Aslachetone in the Domesday survey of 1086;[3] the place name seems to contain an Old Norse personal name Aslakr + tūn (Old English) meaning an enclosure, a farmstead, a village, an estate, etc., so "Farm or settlement of a man called Aslakr".[4] There are 19 such place names (a Scandinavian personal name followed by tūn ) in Nottinghamshire, all of them in the Domesday survey, and all apparently ancient villages.[5]


All that remains of the 12th-century Aslockton Castle are some earthworks. The motte, called Cranmer's Mound, stands about 16 feet (5 m) high.

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury 1533–1553, was born in Aslockton and lived until the age of 14 in his parents' cottage, which still stands in Abbey Lane. The Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary School (an academy since 2014, having opened in 1968), the Cranmer Pre-School, and the local social facility, the Thomas Cranmer Centre, are named after him. (For secondary education, Toot Hill School in Bingham has a sixth form and academy status.)[6] Aslockton originally had its own Holy Trinity Chapel, a peculiar under the collegiate church of Southwell Minster rather than the diocesan bishop,[7] but this fell into ruins and was incorporated into a private house. Some remains of it can still be seen.[8] Cranmer and his father worshipped at the Church of St John of Beverley, Whatton.[9] He has also given his name to a local prospect mound.[10]

The population of Aslockton was 171 in 1801, 273 in 1821, and 289 in 1831.[11] The village had a population of 363 in 1936.[12]

The land for Aslockton Cemetery was purchased in 1869, at which time the only place of worship in the village was a Methodist chapel, which has since been converted into flats.[13]

The present Grade II listed St Thomas's Church was designed by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected in 1890–1892[14] in memory of a former vicar of Whatton, Thomas K. Hall, who drowned in February 1890 as RMS Quetta was wrecked off Queensland on her way to Thursday Island. His mother, Mrs Sophia E. Hall, paid for the church. The Quetta window on the north wall depicting the shipwreck was designed by Michael Stokes in 2002, as was the east window, dedicated to Cranmer, which has Jesus showing his hands to Doubting Thomas.[15] The church has a single bell in a bell cote at the west end.[16]

The parish forms part of the Cranmer group, with Hawksworth, Scarrington, Thoroton, Whatton and Orston. The incumbent is Rev. Bryony Wood. The vicarage is in Aslockton.[17]


Despite the village's small size, it had two pubs until recently: the Old Greyhound and the Cranmer Arms. The Old Greyhound closed in May 2007, and the new owners have submitted a planning application [1] to turn the building into a restaurant. The village also has a small shop, which includes a post office and a dry-cleaning service. Aslockton Hall contains a nursing and residential home for the elderly.[18]

The Aslockton windmill and bake house were situated on Mill Lane (grid reference SK739408).[19] The mill was a wooden postmill, weatherboarded, on a brick roundhouse, with four single patent sails. The miller and baker in 1864 was Job Heathcote.[20]

The village railway station has regular services to Nottingham, Spalding and Skegness. A bus service operates to Bingham and Bottesford for onward bus connections.


Aslockton has a parish council. It belongs under Rushcliffe Borough Council. Since December 1919, the member of Parliament for the Rushcliffe constituency, to which Aslockton belongs, is the Conservative Ruth Edwards.[21]

The local community quarterly newsletter, delivered free to every house, is called The Voice.[22]


Whatton and Aslockton have a joint cricket club said to date back before 1815.[23] It has two senior teams playing in the South Nottinghamshire Cricket League and a colts team playing in the Newark Under 15s Premiership League.[24] Aslockton Cranmer Football Club fields a variety of teams for adults and youngsters.[25] There is also a tennis club,[26] and table tennis teams at the Thomas Cranmer Centre.[27]

Famous residents[edit]

In birth order

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rushcliffe Retrieved 7 February 2016. Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ J. Morris, (ed.) Domesday Book: Nottinghamshire (Chichester, 1977),1:57 inter alia
  4. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p. 219; A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p. 22; E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 16; V. Watts, Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names (Cambridge, 2002), p. 23.
  5. ^ J. Gover et al, p. xviii.
  6. ^ Toot Hill School Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  7. ^ A Vision of Britain. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ Rushcliffe Conservation Area.Retrieved 4 January 2014.; Cranmer Local History Group. Retrieved 4 January 2014. Archived 5 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Whatton in 1792.
  9. ^ The Nottinghamshire Village Book. Compiled from materials submitted by Women's Institutes in the County (Newbury/Newark: Countryside Books/NFWI), p. 11.
  10. ^ Cranmer Local History Group.. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  11. ^ William White: History, Gazetteer and Directory of Nottinghamshire... (Sheffield, 1832), p. 479. [
  12. ^ Cranmer Local History Group. Retrieved 4 January 2014.[permanent dead link] The page gives details of the 1936 entry in Kelly's Directory.
  13. ^ Cranmer Local History Group. Retrieved 4 January 2014. Archived 5 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Aslockton Cemetery.
  14. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire (Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin, 1979), p. 59.
  15. ^ Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  16. ^ A Short Guide to the Parish Churches of the Bingham Rural Deanery, ed. J. Pickworth-Hutchinson. (Bingham: Deanery Chapter, 1963).
  17. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  18. ^ Care Quality Commission site. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Aslockton and Whatton Local History Group (N.D.), The Changing Village, Nottingham, p. 47.
  20. ^ White's Nottinghamshire Directory (1864)
  21. ^ Rushcliffe result. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  22. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Cranmer Local History Digest, September 2005, p. 4. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  24. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  25. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  27. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  28. ^ Grantham Matters Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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