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Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Drayton Bassett, a village and a parish in Staffordshire, near the river Tame, at the boundary with Warwickshire, 1½ mile SSW of Fazeley, and 3 miles SSW of Tamworth, with a post office under Tamworth; money order and telegraph office, Fazeley. Acreage of the civil parish, 3364; population, 461; of the ecclesiastical, 539. The manor belonged formerly to the Bassetts and to the Earls of Leicester. Drayton manor-house, a grand Tudor mansion by Smirke, in a large well-wooded park with fine gardens, is the seat of Sir Robert Peel, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £187 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is a plain but very good stone structure, repaired in 1850, has a tower, and contains marble tablets to the memory of Sir Robert Peel and his father, the first baronet.

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 CountyStaffordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishDrayton-Bassett St. Peter 
Poor Law unionTamworth 

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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Drayton Bassett from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtB78
Post TownTamworth