Draycott, Derbyshire

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Rose and Crown Public House
Grid reference: SK444332
Location: 52°53’40"N, 1°20’29"W
Population: 3,090  (2011)
Post town: Derby
Postcode: DE72
Dialling code: 01332
Local Government
Council: Erewash

Draycott is a village in Derbyshire, around six miles east of Derby and three 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 south-western 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.


The name Draycot means 'Dray cottage(s)', from the Old English dræg, meaning a drag, slip-way or dray and cot meaning a cottage, hut, shelter or den.

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

Church Wilne

Saint Chad's Water at Church Wilne

Church Wilne is a hamlet about ¾ mile south of Draycott in a relatively inaccessible location beside the Derwent. In mediæval 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 Severn Trent Water is nearby (it is actually in Breaston parish). The reservoir is used for water sports[2] and as a nature reserve. Church Wilne is split from its larger twin hamlet, Great Wilne, by the River Derwent.


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