Long Whatton is a small Village in North West Leicestershire, 5 miles from Loughborough, near East Midlands Airport and within easy reach of the cities of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. It is also near the M1 and the A42/M42
The village gets its name from the Whatton Family, who originated in Picardy as a younger branch of the Tyrel Family. They settled at Whatton in the Vale, in Nottinghamshire, about the year A.D. 1100 and took the name of the place as the family name. Sir John Whatton seems to have acquired the Manor at Long Whatton from the Basset family as a second Seat. His son Robert Whatton moved there and seems to have given the place his name (previous name unknown). This happened in the early fourteenth century.
The only remains of the Family in Long Whatton Church is a broken blue flat stone, with the inscription "Pray for the soule of Robert Whatton, arm, whych decessed the V day of March, anno Dom MCCCXLII, On whose soule I. H. U. (i. e, Jesus) have mercy, amen. " and a description of his Coat of Arms.
The village was recorded as being a mile from East to West in the eighteenth Century and is situated in a shallow valley with a brook running from Belton and linking with a small brook from Diseworth. These water courses provide the likely basis for early human settlement. It is part of the combined parish of Long Whatton and Diseworth.
There is a bus service which goes from Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donnington and Derby. A similar Service runs from Coalville, Shepshed, East Midlands Airport, Long Eaton and Nottingham.
It has three churches. The Parish Church of All Saints is situated where Main Street joins the Green and Mill Lane. It has a 12th century Norman tower.
The Methodist Church is situated on Main Street and dates back to 1829, when a small Westleyan chapel was built. The present building was built in front of the chapel in 1912. The Baptist Church is near the West end of the village and was built in 1794 and was extended in 1838
The village School is situated opposite the parish church and was opened by Edward Dawson in 1847. It is a Church of England primary school
Originally there were four public houses in the village, King William 1V on the Green, The Boot Inn near the Baptist Church, The Falcon Inn on Main Street opposite Kegworth Lane and the Royal Oak on the Green. Only the last two are still operate as public houses.
The occupants of Whatton House situated off the A6, have been the dominant landowners in the village, It has been held by three families, the Dawsons, the Martins and the Brookes (Barons Crawshaw). During the Second World War from 1939 to 1945, Whatton House was converted into a Maternity Hospital, During this period 2324 babies were born to mothers evacuated, mainly from areas subjected to bombing
The village is served by two shops. The village shop on Main Street and Manor Farm shop, butchery and bakery, also on Main Street