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Drayton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Drayton, a small village and a township in Bringhurst parish, Leicestershire, near the river Wetland, 2 miles W of Rockingham. Post town, Uppingham; money order and telegraph office, Great Easton. Acreage, 733; population, 105. George Fox the founder of Quakerism was a native. There is a small chapel belonging to the Church of England, also a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Civil parishBringhurst 
Poor Law unionUppingham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Bringhurst & Drayton:



Church of England

St. James

The ancient chapel of St. James was for many years desecrated and used as a bakehouse: the chancel has long since entirely disappeared; but in 1878 the site and remains of the building were purchased by G. L. Watson esq, and the building, which was as far as possible restored, and used regularly for divine service.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Drayton from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Online maps of Drayton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE16
Post TownMarket Harborough