Caunton is a village and civil parish in the Newark and Sherwood district of Nottinghamshire on the A616, six miles north-west of Newark-on-Trent, in the NG23 postcode. The population (including Maplebeck and Winkburn) of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 483.[1]

The village is notable for its association with Samuel Hole, who is buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew's Church. He was the village's vicar for a short while before becoming Dean of Rochester and lived in the manor. The manor house now has its own equestrian centre and a mini golf course.

The village pubs are The Plough and the country pub, Caunton Beck, both on Main Street.

Caunton Mill, also known as Sharp's Mill, was a 43 ft brick tower windmill, with an ogee cap, built before 1825. It was out of use in the 1930s. The mill survives without its cap, machinery and gallery.[2]

Caunton was used as a filming location for the majority of the second-series episodes of the popular British comedy drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, about a group of seven British migrant construction workers, with Beesthorpe Hall being used as Thornely Manor which was being renovated as part of the storyline.[3]

HMS Caunton, named after the village, was a Ton class minesweeper from 18 December 1952 to 1970.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ Shaw, T. (1995). Windmills of Nottinghamshire. Page 11. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-900986-12-3
  3. ^ "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - Locations Series 2: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Newcastle and Marbella". Retrieved 10 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 53°08′N 0°53′W / 53.133°N 0.883°W / 53.133; -0.883