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In the civil parish of Hatton.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Warwickshire.
1974 county of Warwickshire.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP239671
Latitude 52.30228° Longitude -1.65007°

Hatton has been described as a probable Uncertain.

There are no visible remains.


There is documentary evidence of a castle at Hatton in 1151-7. (PastScape ref. King, 1983)

The land seems, however, to have passed very soon after to the Earls of Warwick, and to have been given to Hugh Fitz Richard, called also Hugh de Hatton, (Dugdale, Mon. Angl. iv, 88 n.) as it undoubtedly formed part of the 10 fees which Hugh held of William, Earl of Warwick, in 1166, by the old feoffment. (Red Book of Exch. (Rolls Ser.), 328) Hugh gave the church of Hatton to the priory of St. Mary of Monmouth, a cell of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Florent, Saumur, founded t. Henry I, and this gift was made with the approval of his wife Margaret and his sons William and Richard, for love of Margaret's son Robert, prior of Monmouth. (Cal. of Doc. France, 412, 414) Hugh, soon afterwards (in 1142), founded Wroxall nunnery, of the same order, upon his manor of Hatton, and his endowment of Monmouth priory was apparently transferred to Wroxall, for he gave the nuns the church of Hatton and land there. (Dugd. Mon. Angl. iv, 88) (VCH)

This most probably refers to Hatton near Haseley rather than the DMV of Hatton on Avon at SP240565, since this is the higher status village.
Such an endowment does suggest Hugh de Hatton was wealthy enough to have a house worthy of the name 'castle'. However, Gatehouse has not identified King's original reference so this record remains uncertain. The VCH tentatively suggests the site of the original Hatton House was 300 yards south-west of the church at the given map reference. This would put the manor house on the edge of the green of a fairly dispersed village, although reading the medieval landscape is made a little more complex by the construction of the Grand Union Canal (which does not follow the contours) and the presence of the large county lunatic asylum (Central Hospital Hatton), the grounds of which are now occupied by housing. (NB Does any county asylum survive with it grounds intact? These grounds, and the farms they contained, were an important part of the therapeutic ethos of the asylum system but no effort seems to be made to preserve this aspect of the past. Here planning seems to have allowed the construction of numerous houses in a Green Belt area on a relatively rare form of C19 landscape.)
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