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Drayton Bassett in 1817

Description from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)


Drayton-Bassett is situated two miles south of Tamworth, and was a place of some distinction in ancient times. The latter part of the name is derived from the family of the Bassets, who were for some time lords of the manor. It afterwards became the property of the Earls of Essex.

The Church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a rectory: the King is the patron, and the Lord Chancellor presentist. This edifice is modern, and built in the gothic style of architecture. The interior is adorned with a variety of tombs and heraldic blazonry of the Bassets