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, dedicated 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 patron 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]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at East Retford will prove useful in your research.



Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's churchyard on Geo-garph, taken in February, 2017.

Roger GEACH has a photograph of the church lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.



  • The parish was in the Tuxford sub-district of the East Retford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 849
1861 R.G. 9 / 2417
1871 R.G. 10 / 3457
1891 R.G. 12 / 2642

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century with 13th and 15th century additions.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1857.
  • The nave and aisles of the church were restored in 1873.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.
  • And Roger GEACH has a photograph of the Church and it's Lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.

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.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the former Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Civil Registration

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

Description & 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 (the North Beck) 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.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • Richard CROFT also has a photograph of the Village Sign along Darlton Road on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013. Goodness, I believe it is the same sign!
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.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the old Harrow Inn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.



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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK776753 (Lat/Lon: 53.269024, -0.837922), East Drayton which are provided by:


Military History

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


Military Records

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

The following names are listed on the plaque:

  1. John NEWTON
  2. Edward ROBINSON
  3. Cyril SPENCER
  4. Francis SPENCER

And for World War II:

  1. Cyril PINDER

There is also a Roll of Honour mounted on the South Wall of the church.

Edward ROBINSON, listed above is buried in the churchyard and has a headstone: he died 9th December 1916.

Two other men are buried in the churchyard, but do not appear on either the war memorial or Roll of Honour for this parish:

  1. William LOWE, gunner. Died 21 March 1918
  2. William Vincent MILLER, 10th East Yorkshire Regt. Died 14th June 1916

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission also lists a burial here for:

  1. James Oswald WHYNDHAM , sapper, Royal Engineers, died 12th March 1919, son of Lewis and Annie James WHYNDHAM.

Politics & 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.
  • You should visit the Village Hall as shown on Geo-graph in August, 2014, taken by Alan MURRAY-RUST. Ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • District governance is provided by the Bassetlaw District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Retford petty session hearings held in West Retford.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1819.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the East Retford Poor Law Union.
  • 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.


 Year Population
1801 226
1841 212
1851 251
1861 263
1871 248
1881 214
1891 187
1901 161
1911 174
1921 162


  • A Public Elementary School was built here for the parishes of East Drayton and Stokeham some time before 1881.
  • The old schoolhouse was converted into the Village Hall in 1977.