St. James' Drayton - History
James' church is a tiny one-cell chapelry, the smallest in Leicestershire.
A mediaeval illustration shows a two-cell
building and a possible Norman arch, but only a little of the
present fabric seems to be mediaeval. It was a chapelry of Bringhurst
and appears to have been served by a curate.
church became disused after the Reformation. Villagers went across
the fields to Bringhurst. Whilst the building was out of religious
use it is known to have served as the village bakery for some
of its life.