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Whatlington Church
Whatlington is located in East Sussex
Whatlington shown within East Sussex
Area 6.0 km2 (2.3 sq mi) [1]
Population 374 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density 172/sq mi (66/km2)
OS grid reference TQ762185
• London 47 miles (76 km) NW
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BATTLE
Postcode district TN33
Dialling code 01424
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°56′N 0°31′E / 50.94°N 0.51°E / 50.94; 0.51Coordinates: 50°56′N 0°31′E / 50.94°N 0.51°E / 50.94; 0.51

Whatlington is a village and civil parish in the Rother District of East Sussex, England. The village is located seven miles (11 km) north of Hastings, just off the A21 road.

The village is in two parts, one in the valley on the road from Battle, where the church and the parish hall lie on either side of the stream, and one a mile or so further on the main A21 to Hastings, with a triangular village green in front of the Royal Oak pub. Like most country pubs, the Royal Oak is now part restaurant. For many years, it underwent a one-night transformation when the entire London Philharmonic Orchestra would stop for a pint in evening dress on the way back from playing at Hastings.[citation needed]

The Norman parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene;[3] the yew tree which stood there until 1987[4] was traditionally thought to be one thousand years old, and to have been used by William the Conqueror to hang members of King Harold's personal guard. Malcolm Muggeridge lived with his family in Whatlington; both he and his wife are buried in the churchyard.

A large, now disused, chapel is a prominent feature on the main road: it now serves as a commercial business.[5]


The lowest level of government is the Whatlington parish council. The parish council is responsible for local amenities such as the provision of litter bins, bus shelters and allotments. They also provide a voice into the district council meetings. The parish council comprises five councillors with elections being held every four years. The May 2007 election was uncontested.[6]

Rother District council provides the next level of government with services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. Whatlington lies within the Darwell ward, which provides two councillors. The May 2007 election returned one Conservative and one independent councillor.

East Sussex county council is the third tier of government, providing education, libraries and highway maintenance. Whatlington falls within the Battle and Crowhurst ward. Kathryn Margaret Field, Liberal Democrat, was elected in the May 2005 election with 48.8% of the vote.[7]

The UK Parliament constituency for Whatlington is Bexhill and Battle. Gregory Barker was re-elected in the May 2005 election.

At European level, Whatlington is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, two UK Independence, one Labour and one Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[8]



  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "St Mary Magdalene, Whatlington, East Sussex". roughwood.net. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Sussex online parish clerks 'Historical Notes about St Mary Magdalene Church'
  5. ^ "White Chapel, Woodmans Green, Whatlington, East Sussex". roughwood.net. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Stevens, Derek (19 March 2007). "Notice of Election" (PDF). Rother District Council. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "County Council election". Rother District Council. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2007.