Acton, Suffolk

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Coordinates: 52°04′15″N 0°45′40″E / 52.07071°N 0.76102°E / 52.07071; 0.76102

Acton
All Saints church, Acton, Suffolk - geograph.org.uk - 151409.jpg
All Saints church, Acton
Acton is located in Suffolk
Acton
Acton
 Acton shown within Suffolk
Population 1,780 [1]
OS grid reference TL893449
District Babergh
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SUDBURY
Postcode district CO10
Dialling code 01787
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament South Suffolk
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Acton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. The parish also includes the hamlets of Cuckoo Tye and Newman's Green. According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the name is Village by the Oaks.

The Domesday Book records the population of Acton in 1086 to be 83. All Saints is the local church. There are five bells that hang in the church with the heaviest weighing 8-1-4 cwt [2]

Between 2001 and 2002 the Reliant Robin, the United Kingdom's best known three-wheel car, was produced in the village's industrial estate.

Notable former residents[edit]

William Jennens was known as "William the Miser" and the "Acton Miser." Jennens made his money loaning money to gamblers and was Britain's richest man at the time of his death in 1798, but aged 97 he had outlived the nominated executors and beneficiaries under his will. According to the BBC QI series, Jennens vs Jennens commenced in 1798 and was abandoned in 1915 (117 years later) when the legal fees had exhausted the Jennens estate of funds (worth c. £2 million).[3][4] The case of Jennens v Jennens formed part of the inspiration for the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case at the centre of the plot of Bleak House by Charles Dickens.[5]

Another Acton resident, Catherine Foster, was believed to be the last woman to be hanged at Bury St Edmunds, in 1847. At the age of 17 she poisoned her husband by putting arsenic in his dumplings.[citation needed]

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Acton from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 461 470 555 565 555 539 579 619
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]
Population growth in Acton from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population 593 541 447 496 673 603 1,800
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ Dove's Guide, Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  3. ^ BBC QI 8 Dec 2012, Series J, Episode 12 - Justice
  4. ^ The Guidott / Guidotti family, Acton Place, Summary of William Jennens
  5. ^ "All Saints, Acton". www.suffolkchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  6. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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