On this page you will find:
∙ A list of reference books and websites about this district’s history
∙ A list of the history articles published on this website
∙ Your comments about the area’s history
∙ The stories of the men and women whose names are on the Draycott War Memorial
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.
The district covers the village of Draycott, plus the hamlets of Cresswell, Totmonslow, Brookside, Draycott Cross, Stonehouses and Newton, plus the ancient Paynsley estate site, and also the locations of Bromley Wood and the old Draycott Cross/New Haden colliery site (now better known as Huntley Quarry / Huntley Wood). Historic (lost) settlements include Niwetone and Lufamesles.
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 were cleared in 2012 and the route is now used as a greenway. 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.
Books & websites about the area’s history
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‘ sold out in 2017. However, extra copies can still be ordered via Lulu, the online publishing site .
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 – (see above)
# See history works at St Margaret’s History Publications
# ‘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.
Matt has also uploaded some short videos looking back at the history of the village: Draycott History: Blythe Fields ; Draycott-en-le-Moors History: The Origins of Draycott ; Draycott History: The Mystery of the Manor Houses
Some articles on this website about the area’s history
Three Guides to St Margaret’s Church – republished
750 years of St Margaret’s Church
The Chimes Mechanism of St Margaret’s
Mysterious end for Draycott rector
Anthony Draycot – religious zealot
Draycott’s most ancient yews
Draycott Photo: Grave for babies
Find the past in Draycott’s parish registers
Draycott’s Anglican parish registers (1538-1900) go online
The grave of Mary Bagnall – a sad tale of long ago
500 years of the ‘Draycott Dole’
Dominic Barberi – nineteenth century missionary in Cresswell
Augustus Pugin stained-glass at St Mary’s, Cresswell
The Draycott War Memorial – our Great-War Dead (More on Sergeant Philip Bagnall … died 1915)
The Draycott War Memorial – our WW2 Dead
Draycott’s Remembrance Anniversary
American Army in Cresswell
Draycott’s railway tunnel
Thirty years of the A50
New Haden Colliery
Was there coal in Draycott Colliery?
Blythe Colour Works archive – saved!
175 Years Of Colour Making in Cresswell
#Memories & nostalgia
Some of Draycott’s History mysteries
Missing ‘t’ at Draycott Arms
OLD PHOTO: Blythe Colours Car Rally
Bird In Hand pub
The Draycott Horse-Races
Fox-hunting in old Draycott
Draycott History Mysteries
A Brief Account of Draycott on stokeuk
Recent History of Draycott – on the BBC Domesday Project
Draycott le Moors A guide to the County’s Archive Holdings, on staffordshire.gov.uk
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
Draycott Archives at Staffordshire Record Office
Archive References to Draycott – on county council website
The History of Draycott (the archived website)
The ARCHI archaeological sites database – Saxon & medieval finds
An Account of Draycott in the Moors – on county council website
Eastern Staffordshire History Lab researching the history of seven parishes, including Draycott-in-the-Moors – organised by the VCH
Gravestone Inscriptions at St. Margaret’s Church – downloadable for £3.
Graveyard Inscriptions for Draycott in the Moors for both St Margaret’s Churchyard and Cresswell St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Graveyard
Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Register transcripts 1669-1900 – downloadable for £5.50.
Further down this page, see comments on the area’s history.
If you too have comments about the history of Draycott-in-the-Moors, Draycott Cross, Newton, Cresswell or Totmonslow, please use the Comments box at the bottom of the page.