Draycott, Derbyshire

Draycott is a village in the Erewash district of Derbyshire, England. It lies around 6 miles east of Derby and 3 miles south-west of Long Eaton. Draycott is part of the civil parish of Draycott and Church Wilne. The population of this civil parish was 3,090 as taken at the 2011 Census.[1] The meandering course of the River Derwent forms the southwestern boundary of the parish.

Draycott is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population3,090 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK444332
Civil parish
  • Draycott and Church Wilne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDERBY
Postcode districtDE72
Dialling code01332
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°53′40″N 1°20′29″W / 52.89442°N 1.34147°W / 52.89442; -1.34147Coordinates: 52°53′40″N 1°20′29″W / 52.89442°N 1.34147°W / 52.89442; -1.34147

The route of the Derby Canal can still be traced across the parish. Trains on the Midland Main Line pass through the village but Draycott railway station is now closed.


The name Draycott derives from resembling words dry coat, as the village resides north of both the River Derwent and Church Wilne, a reservoir. In particularly rainy season the village used to flood, hence the name 'Dry Coat'.[citation needed]

A prominent local family, which took its name from the village, included the eminent judge Henry Draycott (1510-1572).

Notable NativesEdit


Church WilneEdit

Saint Chad's Water at Church Wilne[2]

Church Wilne is a hamlet about 0.7 miles south of Draycott in a relatively inaccessible location beside the Derwent. In medieval times Draycott and Church Wilne may have been of comparable sizes, but Draycott grew much larger because of its better communications. The Church Wilne Reservoir of Severn Trent Water is nearby (it is actually in Breaston parish). The reservoir is used for water sports[3] and as a nature reserve. Church Wilne is split from its larger twin hamlet, Great Wilne, by the River Derwent.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ Image from Wikimedia Commons June 2007
  3. ^ Skiing at Church Wilne