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East Drayton

"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]

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the East Drayton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century.
  • The church was restored in 1857.
  • The interior of the church was restored in 1873.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

Church Records

  • 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.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

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.
  • Check the Carlberry site for Bus 56 service.
You can see pictures of East Drayton which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which East Drayton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Manors

  • Their is mention of a Manor House in 1881, but it is occupied by a farmer, George MUSGRAVE.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK776753 (Lat/Lon: 53.269008, -0.837905), East Drayton which are provided by:

Military Records

The War Memorial is a stone tablet on the south wall of the parish church.

For a photograph of the East Drayton War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the South Clay division of the ancient Bassetlaw Wapentake (Hundred) in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Constable Charity of 4 acres generated £25 in 1881. This was used to support the school, to maintain the church and in relief of the deserving poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.

Population

Year Population
1801 226
1851 251
1861 263
1871 248
1881 214
1891 187
1901 161
1911 174
1921 162

Schools

  • A Public Elementary School was built here for the parishes of East Drayton and Stokeham some time before 1881.