Drayton Bassett

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Drayton Bassett
Drayton bridges, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.jpg
The folly-like footbridge and adjacent swing bridge
over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
Grid reference: SK192001
Location: 52°36’0"N, 1°43’12"W
Population: 1,037  (2011[1])
Post town: Tamworth
Postcode: B78
Dialling code: 01827
Local Government
Council: Lichfield

Drayton Bassett is a village and parish in south-eastern Staffordshire, adjacent to the border with Warwickshire. Nearby are the town of Tamworth and Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve, formerly a gravel quarry known in part as Drayton Bassett Pits.

It formerly had a manor.

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 Birmingham and Fazeley Canal runs nearby and is crossed by an unusual folly-like footbridge. The River Tame runs close to the canal. It also lies on the Heart of England Way.

The rock/pop star Julian Cope lived in the village from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s.


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