Holy Trinity parish church
Drayton Parslow shown within Buckinghamshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Drayton Parslow|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Milton Keynes|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Drayton Parslow Village|
In the 11th century the toponym was Draintone or Draitone. This is derived from Old English and means "farm where sledges are used". It is a common English toponym, for places that were on a hillside, thus needing a sledge rather than a cart to pull heavy loads. By the 13th century it had become Draitone Passele, referring to the Passelewe family who tenanted the manor of Drayton since the latter part of the 11th century. It evolved through Draygtone Passelewe in the 14th century and Draighton Perselow in the 17th century before reaching its current form.
In the reign of Edward the Confessor in the 11th century one Lewin de Nuneham held a manor of two hides and one virgate at Drayton. After the Norman conquest of England Lewin was displaced as feudal overlord by the Norman Geoffrey de Montbray, Bishop of Coutances. De Montbray tried unsuccessfully to displace the Passelewes as his tenants, and the family retained Drayton until 1379 when it passed by marriage to the Purcell family. In 1461 it was conveyed to a descendant of the Passelewes, William Laycon, in whose family it then remained until at least 1570.
The first known record of Drayton Parslow having a parish church dates from 1232. The present Church of England parish church of the Holy Trinity is somewhat later, being partly Decorated Gothic and partly Perpendicular.
Holy Trinity has a ring of six bells. Bartholomew Atton of Buckingham cast the tenor bell in 1591. The other five were cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough: two in 1842 and the remaining three including the treble bell in 1935.
Holy Trinity has a Sanctus bell that was cast by Anthony Chandler in 1669. The Chandler family were bell-founders in Drayton Parslow from 1635 to 1726. Their business then passed to Edward Hall, who continued bell-founding in the village until 1754. Other examples of Chandler bells still in use are at St. Nicholas, Ickford and across the Oxfordshire county boundary at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley, SS Peter and Paul, Steeple Aston and the Sanctus bell at St. Mary, Chesterton.
Drayton Parslow Village School is a mixed, community, infant school, which educates children between the ages of four and seven and has about forty-five pupils. Since 2007 the school has been in a partnership sharing a single headteacher with the schools in Mursley and Swanbourne. Most children older than seven from the parish go to school in Stewkley or Winslow.
- "Key Figures for 2011 Census:". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Page 1925, pp. 345–348.
- Pevsner 1973, p. 111.
- "Drayton Parslow Holy Trinity". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- Dovemaster. "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- Pevsner 1973, pp. 111–112.
- Drayton Parslow Village School, Mursley C of E School, Swanbourne C of E School
- The Three Horseshoes
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