"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 from east to west. 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.
The village is dominated by the old Victoria Mill built in 1906. It has a tall clocktower which makes an excellent landmark. The mill has been closed for a number of years now, but about a third of the building (the part near the clocktower) was converted to apartments in 2008. The conversion is now completed
David LALLY has a photograph of Town-end side of the Victoria Mill on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of Victoria Mill on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2013. You can see how it dominates the other buildings in the village.
Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Victoria Mill clocktower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.
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