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St. James' Drayton - History

St. 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.

The 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.


In 1878 George Lewis Watson of Rockingham Castle bought the building and remodelled it during 1878-9. It is said to have been rebuilt as a Mission Church.

John Nichols' History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Leicester