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West Drayton

"West Drayton is a small village, township and parochial chapelry, containing 101 inhabitants and 612 acres of land, near the confluence of the rivers Maun, Wollen and Idle, on the Worksop and Tuxford Road, 2½ miles north-north-west of the latter town. This manor was anciently of the fee of Roger de Busli, and is now the property of the Duke of Newcastle, who is also lord of the manor. The church, or chapel, is a small fabric, with a turret and one bell. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued at £165, annexed to the vicarage of East Markham.
Walters' Charity. In 1688, Henry Walter bequeathed out of lands in Yorkshire, £25 per annum towards the maintenance of a school at West Drayton; £20 a year to four poor widows of ministers, to be elected by the ministers of East and West Markham and Kirton; and £3 a year to the trustees for their trouble. The master is appointed by the Duke of Newcastle, and the before-names ministers are visitors to the school, which is open to the poor of West Drayton, Bothamsall, Haughton, Elksley, Gamston, Milton and Bevercotes."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Note: There is a West Drayton in Middlesex county as well.


Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642
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Description and Travel

West Drayton is a village, a chapelry and a parish on the River Maun, 140 miles north of London, 4 miles south of Retford and 2.5 miles north-west of Tuxford. The parish covers 954 acres.

Haughton (or Haughton Park) is a hamlet and former Chapelry. It lies about 2 miles south-west of the village.

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Year Population
1801 95
1851 101
1861 96
1871 98
1881 75
1891 75
1901 90
1911 86
1921 72
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