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Whatton-in-the-Vale is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population843 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK746392
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG13
Dialling code01949
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°57′N 0°53′W / 52.95°N 0.89°W / 52.95; -0.89Coordinates: 52°57′N 0°53′W / 52.95°N 0.89°W / 52.95; -0.89

Whatton-in-the-Vale is an English village in the Nottinghamshire borough of Rushcliffe. It lies in the Vale of Belvoir, with the River Smite to the west and the River Whipling to the east,[1] north of the trunk A52 road, twelve miles (19 km) east of Nottingham. It had a population of 843 at the 2011 census.[2] It is served by Aslockton railway station to the north of the village and by local bus services.[3]


The place name seems to contain the Old English word hwǣte for wheat, + tūn (Old English) meaning an enclosure, a farmstead, a village, an estate, etc., so "Farm where wheat is grown." "In the Vale," i. e. the Vale of Belvoir.[4] The place appears as Watone in the Domesday survey of 1086.[5]


Whatton Mill was a five-storey brick tower windmill built in 1820. It had four patent sails (sails with shutters instead of cloth), two of which were double. Milling ceased in about 1916. The capless tower is now a listed building.[6]

The Anglican Church of St. John of Beverley is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 14th century, but extensively restored and rebuilt in the 19th century. It belongs to the Cranmer Group of parishes, with the churches at Aslockton, Hawksworth, Orston, Scarrington and Thoroton. A service is held there once a month.

The population of Whatton was 306 in 1801, 399 in 1821, and 388 in 1831.[7]

Whatton Manor, to the south of the village, passed into the hands of the Hall family in 1840, who financed charitable and church-building work in the district.[8] The substantial manor house the Halls built and the grounds it stood in were sold in 1919 to Samuel Ernest Chesterman, who in turn sold them to William Goodacre Player, son of John Player of the cigarette manufacturers John Player & Sons). The manor building was demolished in the mid-1960s, but the original stables can still be seen from Manor Lane.[9] They now house a stud farm.[10]

The village pub, the Griffin's Head, was closed in the mid-1990s and replaced by private housing.[11]

Whatton was once a named telephone exchange for many villages, but the name has been replaced by a dialling code (01949).


Whatton (HM Prison) opened at the west end of the village in 1960 as a detention centre. Since 1990 it has been a Category C closed male prison for sex offenders.[12]


  1. ^ Notts Villages. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  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. 375.; E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 16.; V. Watts, Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names (Cambridge, 2002), p. 511.
  5. ^ J. Morris, (ed.) Domesday Book: Nottinghamshire (Chichester, 1977), 17:16.
  6. ^ Shaw, T. (1995). Windmills of Nottinghamshire. Page 42. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-900986-12-3
  7. ^ William White: History, Gazetteer and Directory of Nottinghamshire... (Sheffield, 1832), p. 479. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. ^ Whatton timeline Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  9. ^ Cranmer Local History Group Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  10. ^ [1]; [www.whattonmanorstud.com].
  11. ^ Cranmer History Group Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  12. ^ BBC report, 30 March 2015 Retrieved 3 June 2016.

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