Draycott, Derbyshire

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Draycott
Draycott is located in Derbyshire
Draycott
Draycott
Draycott shown within Derbyshire
Population 3,090 (2011)
OS grid reference SK444332
Civil parish
  • Draycott and Church Wilne
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE72
Dialling code 01332
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Derbyshire
52°53′40″N 1°20′29″W / 52.89442°N 1.34147°W / 52.89442; -1.34147Coordinates: 52°53′40″N 1°20′29″W / 52.89442°N 1.34147°W / 52.89442; -1.34147

Draycott is a village in the Erewash district of Derbyshire, England. It lies around 6 miles east of Derby and 3 miles south-west of Long Eaton. Draycott is part of the civil parish of Draycott and Church Wilne. The population of this civil parish was 3,090 as taken at the 2011 Census.[1] The meandering course of the River Derwent forms the southwestern boundary of the parish.

The route of the Derby Canal can still be traced across the parish. Trains on the Midland Main Line pass through the village but Draycott railway station is now closed.

History[edit]

The name Draycott derives from resembling words dry coat, as the village resides north of both the River Derwent and Church Wilne, a reservoir. In particularly rainy season the village used to flood, hence the name 'Dry Coat'.[citation needed]

A prominent local family, which took its name from the village, included the eminent judge Henry Draycott (1510-1572).

Church Wilne[edit]

Saint Chad's Water at Church Wilne[2]

Church Wilne is a hamlet about 0.7 miles south of Draycott in a relatively inaccessible location beside the Derwent. In medieval times Draycott and Church Wilne may have been of comparable sizes, but Draycott grew much larger because of its better communications. The Church Wilne Reservoir of the Severn Trent Water is nearby (it is actually in Breaston parish). The reservoir is used for water sports[3] and as a nature reserve. Church Wilne is split from its larger twin hamlet, Great Wilne, by the River Derwent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Image from Wikimedia Commons June 2007
  3. ^ Skiing at Church Wilne

External links[edit]

Media related to Draycott, Derbyshire at Wikimedia Commons