Weddington Hunting Lodge

Has been described as a Questionable Palace (Royal)

There are no visible remains

NameWeddington Hunting Lodge
Alternative NamesWatitune
Historic CountryWarwickshire
Modern AuthorityWarwickshire
1974 AuthorityWarwickshire
Civil ParishNuneaton

The site of a medieval deserted settlement. It is mentioned in Domesday Book as "Watitune". It may have been the site of a royal hunting lodge of circa 1210. This hamlet, now in Nuneaton, was destroyed when the Marquis of Dorset enclosed the whole manor, turning it to pasture in 1491. Ten houses are reported pulled down in the 1517 Inquiry and sixty persons expelled. One of the lessees from the Crown, a Mr. Trye, rebuilt the village and made habitations fit for husbandry. This must have been before 1561. The church, which dates to C13-C14 still stands, and contains a C12 font, which may indicate that there was an earlier church on the site. A modern housing estate has been built on the site of the deserted settlement. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse can find no other reference to a royal hunting lodge here other than this in PastScape which, in turn, seems to come from a site which references Cook, A.F., 1992, A revised geology, geography and history of Weddington, in the County of Warwick (Mr Cook is a geologist). Nothing like this in the VCH. The tenurial history is not consistent with a royal forest. The given map reference is for the parish church.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP360934
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  • Cook, A.F., 1992, A revised geology, geography and history of Weddington, in the County of Warwick
  • Salzman, L.F. (ed), 1947, VCH Warwickshire Vol. 4 p. 179-80 online transcription


  • 1945-6, Transactions of the Birmingham Archaeological Society Vol. 66 p. 98