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Welcome to our Drayton Village Website.

Drayton in Somerset is just two miles from Langport in the heart of the Somerset Levels and can boast the remains of two Roman Villas (now buried). We are just a couple of miles from Muchelney Abbey, which was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation. If you look carefully at our assortment of houses you will spot some of the dressed Blue Lias stone robbed from the ruins.

On the Somerset Levels, we are surrounded by apple orchards. Cider making was an important occupation of the village, now we just have one person brewing his cider. Looking on the censuses, the occupations of our men included Lime Burners, Farmers, Willow Cutters, Cow and Pig Men, Agricultural Labourers, Carpenters, Blacksmiths and Gamekeepers. The Ladies were Collar Makers, Shirt Makers, Glovers and Domestic Servants.

With a population of 379 people at the time of the 2011 census, we have a number of retired and serving servicemen, with RNAS Yeovilton being just a short drive away. We had a Village School but that is now our Village Hall, the school having closed in 1967 when parents of the children living here opted to send them to a bigger school in the next village. We have lots of activities in our hall, including a Monthly Farmers Market, Men’s Group, Ladies’ Group and a Senior Citz Group,

Drayton is a picturesque village with a strong sense of community that centres around its village hall, pub and church. St Catherine’s is a very pretty parish church which dates back to the 15th century and has some fine examples of stained glass. The Drayton Crown is a bustling local pub, offering food and Bed and Breakfast, and welcomes locals and visitors alike with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

 

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