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Draycot, Somerset

Historical Description

Draycot, an ecclesiastical parish, in Cheddar and Stoke-Rodney parishes, Somerset, on the slope of the Mendip Hills, with a station on the G.W.R., 132 miles from London, 4 SE of Axhridge, 2 from Cheddar, and 6 from Wells. It has a post and money order office under Cheddar (R.S.O.); telegraph office at railway station. Population, 542. Draycot is remarkable as being a far healthier spot than any of the neighbouring villages. The air is remarkably dry, pure, and bracing. The old spelling of the hamlet was Dreicote, then Draycot. The ecclesiastical parish is known only as Draycot. When the railway was opened the spelling with two t's was adopted. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £268. Patron, alternately the Vicar of Cheddar and the Eector of Stoke-Rodney. The church was built in 1861 at a cost of £1500, consists of nave, chancel, and transept, with vestry and bell-turret, and is in the Early Decorated style. A handsome stone and open ironwork chancel screen was erected in 1894. There are Bible Christian and Wesleyan chapels.

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 CountySomersetshire 
Ancient CountyWarwickshire 
Civil parishChedder 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 
Poor Law unionRugby 

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.