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The Royal Oak, Whatcote
Whatcote is located in Warwickshire
Location within Warwickshire
Population143 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP2944
Civil parish
  • Whatcote
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townShipston-on-Stour
Postcode districtCV36
Dialling code01295
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°05′53″N 1°33′54″W / 52.098°N 1.565°W / 52.098; -1.565Coordinates: 52°05′53″N 1°33′54″W / 52.098°N 1.565°W / 52.098; -1.565

Whatcote is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Shipston on Stour in the Vale of the Red Horse.[2] The population at the 2011 census was 143.[3]


The Domesday Book records that in 1086 Hugh de Grandmesnil, one of William the Conqueror's military commanders, owned the manor of Whatcote.[4] In the latter half of the 14th century Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford acquired the manor.[4] It remained with the Stafford family until 1520 when Edward Stafford conveyed the manor to Sir William Compton.[4] It remained with the Compton family, the Marquess of Northampton until early in the 19th century, but by 1826 it had been acquired by Sir Adolphus Dalrymple.[4] By 1865 Sir Adolphus had sold it to the Peach family, who in turn sold it to Thomas Parker.[4]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St. Peter was built in the first half of the 12th century.[4] The nave survives from this period, with a Norman doorway and two Norman windows in the north wall.[5] The tower and several windows in the south wall were added late in the 13th century and the chancel was rebuilt in about 1300.[5] One of the windows in the south wall of the chancel is a 14th-century addition.[4] The south porch, and the parapet and two of the bell-chamber windows of the tower, are 15th century additions.[4] In the 16th or 17th century a buttress was added to shore up part of the north wall.[4] A German bomb badly damaged the nave and porch in 1941 and the building was restored in 1947.[4]

The church tower has three bells. The tenor had been cast in 1652[6] but was recast by Henry Bond of Burford,[7] Oxfordshire in 1897.[8] John Clark of Evesham[7] cast the second bell in 1711.[8] The treble bell was cast in 1766[6] but was recast by William Blews & Sons of Birmingham[7] in 1878.[8] In the churchyard are the base and shaft of a medieval cross, from which the top has been lost and replaced with a 17th or early 18th century sundial.[5] St. Peter's is now part of a single benefice with the neighbouring parishes of Oxhill and Tysoe.[9]


Whatcote has a public house, the Royal Oak, owned by Henry Jervis of Tysoe.[10]


  1. ^ "Area selected: Stratford-on-Avon (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  2. ^ Edwards, 1950, p.51
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Salzman, 1949, pages 202-205
  5. ^ a b c Pevsner & Wedgwood, 1966, page 470
  6. ^ a b Church Bells of Warwickshire: Whatcote St Peter
  7. ^ a b c "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Whatcote S Peter". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  9. ^ A Church Near You: Whatcote - St. Peter, Whatcote
  10. ^ "Home". theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk.


External links[edit]

Media related to Whatcote at Wikimedia Commons