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Drayton Bassett is a village and civil parish[3] in the District of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. Nearby are the town of Tamworth and Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve, formerly a gravel quarry known in part as Drayton Bassett Pits.

Drayton Bassett
Drayton bridges, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.jpg
The folly-like footbridge and adjacent swing bridge over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal near Drayton Bassett, one mile from Fazeley Junction
Drayton Bassett is located in Staffordshire
Drayton Bassett
Drayton Bassett
Location within Staffordshire
Population1,037 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSK192001
Civil parish
  • Drayton Bassett
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB78
Dialling code01827
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°36′N 1°43′W / 52.60°N 1.72°W / 52.60; -1.72Coordinates: 52°36′N 1°43′W / 52.60°N 1.72°W / 52.60; -1.72

After the Norman Conquest the manor belonged to the Basset (of Drayton) family until 1483 followed by the Earls of Leicester and then from about 1600 the Earls of Essex who sold it to Robert Peel.

Robert Peel (1788–1850), prime minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police Force for London, lived in Drayton Manor (now demolished and replaced by Drayton Manor Theme Park) and is buried in the vault of the parish church, St Peter.

The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal runs nearby and is crossed by an unusual folly-like footbridge. The River Tame runs close to the canal. It also lies on the Heart of England Way.

The rock/pop star Julian Cope lived in the village from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s.

Drayton Manor Theme Park from across the lake

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  2. ^ "United Kingdom Parliament". Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2009.

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