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"DRAYTON, on the Fakenham road, 4 miles N.W. of Norwich, is a fine rural village, in the vale of the Wensum, and has in its parish 372 souls, and 1284A. of land, mostly in the bishop's manor of Drayton-with-Taverham, subject to fines certain, and partly in the manor of Drayton Hall (fines arbitrary,) of which N. Micklethwait, Esq., is lord. In the village are the remains of an ancient cross, which had an inscription in French, offering pardon to all who would pray for the souls of Wm. de Bellemonte and Joan, his wife. . . . The Church (St. Margaret,) has an antique font, a square tower, and three bells. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 2s. 9d., and in 1831, at £670, with that of Hellesdon annexed to it. There are 14 acres of glebe in Drayton, and 30 acres in Hellesdon. The Bishop of Norwich is patron, and the Rev. Thomas John Blofeld incumbent. The tithes of Drayton were commuted, in 1839, for £253. 5s. 5d. per annum. Here is a small Baptist Chapel, built in 1840." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Taverham, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.
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Church History

Church of St Margaret
Minister, services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Minister, services, etc.
Husenbeth, Frederick Charles
Mural Paintings at Drayton.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.3, 1849/1852]
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1846.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Drayton was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Drayton, Taverham and Thorpe Marriott
Description, history, events, churches, pictures, businesses, etc.
Checkland, Madeline A.
Something about Drayton.
[Drayton, Drayton Church Council, 1970]
Checkland, Madeline A.
More about Drayton.
[Drayton, 1985]
Drayton Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Drayton Smock Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Drayton is in Taverham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Taverham Hundred
Description of Taverham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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

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Land & Property

Barnes, Harold Douglas
Drayton Lodge.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.29, 1946]
Inclosure
See Hellesdon

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG186136 (Lat/Lon: 52.675758, 1.231411), Drayton which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18013451244
18113454269
18216770283
18316969349
184169--372
185191--472
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  95--451
1871  99  99446
1881  95100408
1891103103420
1901119119486
1911--140514

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1851 Census
"In Drayton an increase of population has been caused by an influx of labourers employed at the paper-mills in the adjoining Parish of Taverham, where there are few cottages."
1861 Census
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."