"DRAYCOTT is a village, in the joint liberty of Draycott and Wilne, in the parish of Sawley, about seven miles S.E. front Derby. A manufactory for spinning cotton gives employment to many of the inhabitants, but the majority are employed in agriculture. The number of persons in the liberty, in the year 1831, was 1,074."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The River Derwent forms the southwest boundary of the parish. The A6005 arterial road passes through the heart of the village. The railway runs just north of the village, but passenger service ended in 1966, so all you can do is wave at the village as the train rumbles through.