Hello and Welcome to all subscribers to this list, thank you for joining.
I hope to be able to let you all know a little bit about the Parishes within
the two Hundreds from time to time and we shall begin today with ACTON - now
are you all sitting comfortably, then I'll begin (now I really am showing my
A pleasant village three miles N by E of Sudbury with 555 souls and 2,729
acres of fertile land.
Mostly the property of Sir Hyde Parker, Bart and Earl Howe who is the Lord
of the Manor which was formerly called Aketon and was held by Robert de
Buers in the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) but was given to Edward IV
(1461-1470) to Henry, Lord Bourchier for his faithful services to the House
of York. Afterwards, it passed to the Bacons.
Acton Place, about half a mile from the village was the seat of the Daniels
who sold it in the early part of the 18th Century to Robert Jennens Esq who
began the erection of an extensive and splendid mansion, which was finished
by his son, William Jennens Esq., who died in 1791 aged nearly 100 years -
with the reputation of being the richest subject in the kingdom. On his
decease the fine tapestry was torn from the walls and sold with the
furniture and other moveables. This noble mansion remained untenanted,
except for an old man and an old woman until 18 years ago when it was taken
down, except for the servants wing and a few out-buildings. The extensive
park and garden by which it was encompassed are now cultivated fields.
The Church, All Saints is a neat structure with a tower and five bells, and
had anciently a chantry of the annual value of GBP67. 2s. 6pence.
Earl Howe is impropriator of the great tithes and patron of the vicarage,
valued at GBP9. 6s. 8pence. now enjoyed by the Reverend Lawrence Ottley.
MA., who has a neat parsonage.
The tithes were commuted in 1838 for a yearly modus of GBP750, half of which
belong to the Vicar.
Here is a National School built by Earl Howe in 1839.
Ambrose Kerrington in 1691 charged three closes called the Coppice in Great
Waldingfield, with the distribution of twopenny-worth of bread every Sunday
and one pair of shoes each to six poor widows of Acton on the 24th December.
(White's 1844 History, Gazeteer and Directory of Suffolk)
Today Acton is a much larger thriving, lively village. The school mentioned
above has become housing and a new Primary School appeared as part of the
housing estate built about 30 years ago. Familiar Acton names are in
streets on the estate such as Jennens Way!
There are two busy shops - one with hair-salon and post office, a public
house, a village hall and many clubs and organisations (our daughter
attended Brownies and Girl Guides at Acton and our son was a Cub Scout
there). There are still traditional working farms in the village and it's
lovely to see the baby lambs in spring.
A descendant of Sir Hyde Parker, Bart., - Sir Richard Hyde Parker, Bart.,
lives and works in nearby Long Melford Hall.
A former incumbent of All Saints Church refused to allow the LDS to film the
Parish Registers. Should you need to access them, the present Vicar the
Rev'd John Fieldgate is an very nice approachable person.
For more on Acton -
The Cosford Database http://fp.raylong.plus.com/acton/index.html
Acton Church Wesbite www.stedmundsbury.anglican.org/acton/index.html
Photographs and comment at Simon's web site
Local History Recorder for Acton (part of Suffolk Local History Council)
Mr D E Johnson,
If anyone can add to information about Acton, please do!
* As a child I loved the radio programme 'Listen with Mother' :-)
Best wishes, Pat ...
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