"East Drayton is but an indifferently built village and parish, situated four miles north-east by east of Tuxford, but has been greatly improved within the last few years. The parish contains 251 inhabitants and 1,520 acres of land, which was enclosed in 1819. The church, dedicared to St peter, is a gothic structure, the architectural beauties of which are greatly admired, and has a fine tower and four bells. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £9 3s 4d, now at £240, and has annexed to it those of Askham and Stokeham. The Rev. John Goodacre is the vicar. The Dean and Chapter of York are the paron and the appropriators, and the trustees of Lord Henry H.M. Howard receive the great tithes. John Parkinson Esq. is lord of the manor, and owner of nearly half the land in the parish. The rest belongs to a number of small freeholders, of whom the Rev. Henry Hutchinson, John Thomas, and William Byron, John Scott, george Salmon and George Ward are the principal. The Methodists have a preaching room in the village, and a feast is held on the nearest Sunday to Midsummer Day." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
The Anglican parish register dates from 1640 and is in fair condition.
The church took up a special collection in October 1767 to assist those suffering from "the fire at Montreal". This was probably the 18 May 1765 fire which left 215 families homeless. There was another fire in Montreal in 1768. A list of the Contributors in 1767 is provided by John MELLORS.
The church was in the rural deanery of Tuxford.
The Wesleyan Methodists had a licensed room for services before 1869.
This village and parish are within the parliamentary borough of East Retford, about 140 miles north of London, 7 miles south-east of East Retford and 3.5 miles north-east of Tuxford. The parish covers about 1,555 acres. A stream flowing through the parish is on its way to join the River Trent.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the village is just north off of the A57 trunk road, heading east out of Worksop. Turn left (north) at Darlton to enter East Drayton.