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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]


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.

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.
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Church Records

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


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


Description and 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.

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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

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Land and Property

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801 34 51 244
1811 34 54 269
1821 67 70 283
1831 69 69 349
1841 69 -- 372
1851 91 -- 472
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   95 -- 451
1871   99   99 446
1881   95 100 408
1891 103 103 420
1901 119 119 486
1911 -- 140 514

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."