The folly-like footbridge and adjacent swing bridge over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal near Drayton Bassett, one mile from Fazeley Junction
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Drayton Bassett is a village and civil parish in the District of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. Nearby are the town of Tamworth and Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve, formerly a gravel quarry known in part as Drayton Bassett Pits.
After the Norman Conquest the manor belonged to the Basset (of Drayton) family until 1483 followed by the Earls of Leicester and then from about 1600 the Earls of Essex who sold it to Robert Peel.
Robert Peel (1788 – 1850), prime minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police Force for London, lived in Drayton Manor (now demolished and replaced by Drayton Manor Theme Park) and is buried in the vault of the parish church, St Peter.
The rock/pop star Julian Cope lived in the village from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s.
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