Acton Burnell  Shropshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Acton Burnell like this:

ACTON-BURNELL, a township and a parish in Atcham district, Salop. The township lies 4 miles ENE of Dorrington r. station, and 8¼ SSE of Shrewsbury; and it has a post office under Shrewsbury, and is the meet of the Wheatland hounds. Pop., 283. Houses, 56. The parish contains also the townships of Ruckley and Langley. ...

Acres, 3,141. Real property, £3,839. Pop., 361. Houses, 72. Acton Park is the seat of SirF. Smythe, Bart., the only landowner. A ruin on Acton hill, with very thick walls and curiously carved pointed windows, is part of a castle which was built in the 13th century, and belonged to the family of Burnell. The lords of Edward I.'s parliament of 1283, which passed "Statutum de mercatoribus," sat in a hall of the castle, while the commons sat in an adjacent barn. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; and includes the chapelry of Acton-Pigott. Value, £350.* Patron, Rev. R. Meyricke. The church contains a canopied brass of a Burnell, and is good.

Acton Burnell through time

Acton Burnell is now part of Shrewsbury and Atcham district. Click here for graphs and data of how Shrewsbury and Atcham has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Acton Burnell itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Acton Burnell, in Shrewsbury and Atcham and Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd April 2024

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