Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire
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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Drayton-Bassett St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Tamworth|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Drayton-Bassett (St. Peter))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.
Online maps of Drayton Bassett are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Staffordshire newspapers online: