The area of Draycott-le-Moors, now known as Draycott-in-the-Moors, is a small locality, but one with a long and interesting history. The Romans had a base here.
An extensive history of the district, published in 2006 by Draycott Parish Council, has been written by Matthew Pointon. Copies of his book ‘A History of The Parish of Draycott-en-le-Moors‘ are still available either at St Margaret’s Church or on application to the parish council clerk.
The area’s industry concentrates largely on farming – although the Blythe Colours Works were once sited here.
The old Colours factory has now been converted into the Blythe Park Industrial Estate, a site for a large number of small workshops and businesses.
An historic old railway branch line from Cheadle, that once bisected the village (through Totmonslow to Cresswell), is closed; the tracks have recently (2012) been cleared. This old line met the Uttoxeter-Stoke main line at Cresswell.
This main line still carries services and passes through Cresswell but doesn’t stop here. Nearest stations now are Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge.
Some links to webpages about the area’s history
A Brief Account of Draycott on stokeuk
Recent History of Draycott – on the BBC Domesday Project
Draycott: Place Guide on staffordshire.gov.uk
Draycott Archives at Staffordshire Record Office
Draycott in the Moors History – on Genuki
Memorial Inscriptions in Draycott – on Genuki
Draycott in British History – on Vision of Britain website
Draycott Parish in British History – on Vision of Britain website
Pictures of old Draycott – on Staffordshire Past Track
Listed Buildings in Draycott le Moors – on British Listed Buildings
Some books about the area’s history
‘A History of The Parish of Draycott-en-le-Moors’ (2006) by Matthew E Pointon. Cost is £10 – on application to the local parish council clerk
‘Painsley – A History of Cresswell’s Roman Catholic Community’ (1973, reprinted 2005) by Fr Philip Bailey SCJ. This booklet is now out of print, but St Mary’s Church, where Fr Bailey was priest for a stint, hope to reprint it one day. A shortened version can be found on the web – click here (opens as pdf).
‘World War Two in Draycott Parish’ by Barry Phillips (2000)
A fuller list of books about the history of the area can be found in the appendix of Matthew Pointon’s book.
Some articles on this website about the area’s history
The Great War dead of Draycott
Draycott’s railway tunnel
Draycott’s Anglican parish registers (1538-1900) go online
Paynsley Hall ruins placed on English Heritage ‘at-risk’ register
Dominic Barberi – nineteenth century missionary in Cresswell
New Haden Colliery
OLD PHOTO: Blythe Colours Car Rally
Bird In Hand pub
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