Whatlington is a small village located between
the A21 Hastings to London road and the small
town of Battle, it contains many thatched and
attractive buildings. Before 1066 the manor was
the property of King Harold , afterwards it became
part of the Battle Abbey lands. It is believed that
the Normans destruction of his property encouraged
Harold to return to his death in 1066 .
The most noticeable building in Whatlington is the
Royal Oak Inn, a large white painted weatherboard
building which is seen by all travellers from
London to Hastings passing by on the busy A21 at
the northern end of the village.
The church is an old Norman building set in a
quiet secluded spot on the Battle road. It is said
that the Yew tree in the churchyard is a thousand
years old. The pulpit and lectern created by a
19th century French artisan were displayed in the
Great Exhibition in 1851.
The name Whatlington is derived from the Saxon
meaning 'Wheat field settlement'.
The surrounding area has many vineyards, producing
excellent quality English wines.
The famous author and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge
lived in this small sleepy village.