Drayton Bassett  Warwickshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Drayton Bassett like this:

DRAYTON-BASSETT, a parish in Tamworth district, Stafford; on the Fazeley canal, at the boundary with Warwick, adjacent to the Birmingham and Derby railway, 2¾ miles SSW of Tamworth. It has a post office under Tamworth. Acres, 3, 315. Real property, £6, 380. Pop., 441. Houses, 91. The property is divided among a few. ...

The manor belonged formerly to the Bassets and to the Earls of Leicester-Drayton manor-house, a grand Tudor mansion by Smirke, in a large well-wooded park, with fine gardens, is the seat of Sir Robert Peel, Bart.; and Drayton House is the seat of the Vernons. Some of the inhabitants are cotton-spinners. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £257.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a plain but very good stone structure, repaired in 1850: has a tower; and contains a neat marble tablet, 19½ feet high, to the memory of the late Sir Robert Peel.

Drayton Bassett through time

Drayton Bassett is now part of Lichfield district. Click here for graphs and data of how Lichfield has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Drayton Bassett itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Drayton Bassett, in Lichfield and Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th January 2022

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