The place-name 'Gretton' is first attested in 1175, and means 'village or town on gravelly soil'.
The village has a small primary school for children aged 4 to 11 years old, with four classes catering for about eighty children.
The Anglican Church in the village is Christ Church. Its bell tower houses a single bell, weighing four hundredweight (about 200 kg). The War Memorial stands opposite Village Hall.
- Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.205.
- "Gretton Primary School".
- John Adams (2006). "1 and 2 Bell Towers". University College London personal webpages. Retrieved 2006-09-09.
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