Draycott shown within Derbyshire
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|Civil parish||Draycott and Church Wilne|
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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 meandering course of the River Derwent forms the southwestern boundary of the parish.
History 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'.
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 the Severn Trent Water is nearby (it is actually in Breaston parish.) The reservoir is used for water sports and as a nature reserve. Church Wilne is split from its larger twin hamlet, Great Wilne, by the River Derwent.
- Image from Wikimedia Commons June 2007
- Skiing at Church Wilne
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