TDCS Walking Tour of Drayton Bassett with Lunch -
As part of our policy of showing our members what the villages of the Tamworth District have to offer, TDCS had a most enjoyable visit to historic Drayton Bassett on Saturday, 20th August 2016 as guests of Drayton Bassett's ninety year old Womens Institute, and other villagers. Drayton figures in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is particularly associated with the owners of Drayton Manor through the centuries. We had to restrict our numbers due to the nature of the event and the capacity of venues, but 47 members and their friends managed to secure the coveted places. The W.I hosts and villagers took our group up to around 70.
We assembled for refreshments in the W.I. Hall and then split into three groups for
a guided walking tour of the village organised by the W.I.. Each group was welcomed
in turn by villagers at four local homes to learn the history and admire the architecture
and original features, including one of the famous Back to Front houses, allegedly
laid out so that villagers would not stand and stare at the Peel family of Drayton
Manor as they rode through the village. "The Croft" dates from Georgian times. We
learned that impressive Drayton House is two houses joined together -
Then everyone -
RELEASE: 25th August 2016
Single File! Groups A and C pass each other in Drayton Lane under the careful watch of their fluorescent Guides!
Group B departs from Drayton House
Drayton House -
Farmer Hemus welcomes Group C to Bullocks End Farm which his grandfather purchased from the Peel Estate in 1926.
Pretty as a picture "Tristmas Cottage" in the Victorian terrace of New Row, built by the Peels.
The Parish Church of St Peter. Final resting place of one of Britain's greatest prime ministers.
(Photos by S. Biggs unless otherwise stated)
Check your raffle tickets! Lunch and cameraderie in Drayton W.M.C. between TDCS, the W.I. and villagers crowned a lovely event.
Group C at the rear of The Croft. One of the "Back to Front houses".
The frontage of The Croft -