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St Paul, West Drayton, Nottinghamshire

(53°15′49″N, 0°56′2″W)
West Drayton
SK 712 746
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
  • Simon Kirsop
2 June 2005

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West Drayton is a village in the Bassetlaw district of the county, 4 miles S of Retford. The parish church consists of nave and chancel under a single roof with a 19thc N vestry, and a double bell cote on the W gable. It is built of coursed rubble and ashlar with some render. Features of 12thc and 15thc work are visible but the church was largely rebuilt in 1874. The only element of Romanesque sculpture is the S doorway.


The Domesday Survey records that West Drayton was held by Swein and Wufstan before the Conquest, and by Roger de Bully in 1086. It was assessed at 4 bovates and 2 thirds of 1 bovate. The holding also contained 3 mills and 7 acres of meadow and woodland pasture 3 furlongs by a half furlong.

A second, similar, holding of 2 bovates and 1 third of a bovate was held by Swein before the Conquest and by Wulfsige of Roger of Poitou in 1086. This piece also contained 3 acres of meadow and woodland pasture 1 furlong by half a furlong.


Exterior Features



J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912, 78.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 420416

N Pevsner and E Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed

Harmondsworth 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 374-75.

  1. R. Thoroton, Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire, 3 vols, ed. J. Throsby, Nottingham 1796, 3, 362.