Church of St John of Beverley, Whatton

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Coordinates: 52°56′57″N 00°53′36″W / 52.94917°N 0.89333°W / 52.94917; -0.89333

Church of St John of Beverley, Whatton
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Denomination Church of England
Website The Cranmer Group
Dedication St John of Beverley
Parish Whatton
Diocese Southwell and Nottingham
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Bryony Wood

The Church of St John of Beverley, Whatton is a parish church in the Church of England in Whatton in the Vale, Nottinghamshire, dedicated to St John of Beverley. The church is Grade II* listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as a particularly significant building of more than local interest.[1]


The church is medieval, dating from the 14th century, but little survived the restorations of 1846, 1866–67 and 1870.[2] It consists now of a chancel rebuilt in 1846, a central tower and steeple rebuilt in 1870, and a nave with north and south aisles and north and south porches. The only remaining Romanesque work is the former south transept arch of the tower, which was moved to the north side during the 19th-century restoration. The nave is in Early English style. There is also a chapel dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was born and raised in Aslockton but worshipped here.The two corbel heads in the chapel date from about 1300 and depict King David and an angel.[3]

Effigies and features[edit]

Apart from interesting architectural detail (the lower part of a now redundant newel staircase, the Decorated recess containing a statue of a former incumbent [1304–10], and a double piscina), there is a late 14th-century effigy of a Knight Templar in armour, another of a cross-legged knight of the early 14th century, and a tablet in memory of Thomas Cranmer, father of the archbishop, who was born in Aslockton, then a chapelry of Whatton, in 1489.[4]

The font dates from 1662. One of the 19th-century stained-glass windows, depicting SS. Peter and John and Jesus, was designed by Edward Burne-Jones. The peal of five bells were cast by Henry Oldfield of Nottingham in 1590 and 1618.[5] An early clock was installed in 1683 by Richard Roe.[6] This was replaced in 1910.

Parish status[edit]

The church belongs to the Cranmer Group of parishes, which consists of:


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John of Beverley (1243823)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979), p. 377.
  3. ^ A Short Guide to the Parish Churches of the Bingham Rural Deanery, ed. J. Pickworth-Hutchinson (Bingham: Bingham Deanery Chapter, 1963).
  4. ^ A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 534–37.
  5. ^ A Short Guide to the Parish Churches....
  6. ^ Beeson, C.F.C. English Church Clocks 1280-1850. Brant Wright Associates Ltd. ISBN 0903512149.