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 Scarrington, Thoroton and Orston and within the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire.[1] The population was recorded as 974 in the 2011 census.[2]

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St. Thomas' Church, Aslockton
Aslockton is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population974 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK7440
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNottingham
Postcode districtNG13
Dialling code01949
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
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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


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 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.[14] 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]


The Thomas Cranmer Centre opened in 2010 and serves as the village as well as the church hall. It replaced an earlier village hall and is attached to the parish church on Main Street.

Despite the village's small size, it had two pubs: the Old Greyhound and the Cranmer Arms. The former closed in May 2007, but the new owners submitted a planning application to turn it into a restaurant.[18] The restaurant was not included in the final housing development. The village 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.[19]

The Aslockton windmill and bake house stood in Mill Lane (grid reference SK739408).[20] The mill was a wooden post mill, weather-boarded on a brick roundhouse, with four single patent sails. The miller and baker in 1864 was Job Heathcote.[21]

The village railway station has regular services to Nottingham, Grantham, Spalding and Skegness. There is a bus service to Bingham and Bottesford for onward connections to Nottingham, Newark and Grantham.


Aslockton has a parish council that belongs under Rushcliffe Borough Council. Since December 2019, the member of Parliament for the Rushcliffe constituency, to which Aslockton belongs, is the Conservative Ruth Edwards.[22]

The local free quarterly newsletter, delivered to every house, is called The Voice.[23]


Whatton and Aslockton have a joint cricket club said to date back before 1815.[24] It has two senior teams in the South Nottinghamshire Cricket League and a colts team in the Newark Under 15s Premiership League.[25] Aslockton Cranmer Football Club fields several teams for adults and youngsters.[26] There is also a tennis club,[27] and table tennis teams at the Thomas Cranmer Centre.[28]

Famous residentsEdit

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rushcliffe Retrieved 7 February 2016. Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ East Midlands population. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  3. ^ J. Morris, (ed.) Domesday Book: Nottinghamshire (Chichester, 1977),1:57 inter alia
  4. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer and 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. [1]
  12. ^ Cranmer Local History Group. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 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. ^ [2]
  19. ^ Care Quality Commission site. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Aslockton and Whatton Local History Group (N.D.), The Changing Village, Nottingham, p. 47.
  21. ^ White's Nottinghamshire Directory (1864)
  22. ^ "Rushcliffe result. Retrieved 5 January 2020". Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  23. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014 Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Cranmer Local History Digest, September 2005, p. 4. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  25. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  26. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014 Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Aslockton Online Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  28. ^ Aslockton Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  29. ^ Grantham Matters Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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