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Acton, Suffolk

Historical Description

Acton, a parish in West Suffolk, near the river Stour, 3 miles E from Long Melford station on the G.E.R., and 3 from Sudbury. It has a post office (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Sudbury. Acreage, 2885; population, of the civil parish, 619; of the ecclesiastical, 607. Acton Place, which has been rebuilt, contains some old paintings and other interesting objects. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; yearly value, £375 with residence. Patron, Earl Howe, who is the chief landowner. The church has been restored, with the exception of the tower. It contains the oldest perfect brass in the kingdom, that of Sir Robert de Bures, 1302.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishActon All Saints 
Poor Law unionSudbury 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Acton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


Online maps of Acton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

Postal districtCO10
Post TownSudbury