Acton, County Armagh

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Acton, County Armagh
  • Irish: An Chora Uachtarach
Acton Lake on the Newry Canal - - 185528.jpg
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT35 (Newry, South Armagh)
Dialling code028
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
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Northern Ireland

Acton is a hamlet and townland of 22 acres in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, about a half mile north of Poyntzpass. It is situated in the civil parish of Ballymore and the historic barony of Orior Lower[1] and within the Armagh City and District Council area. It had a population of 72 people (28 households) in the 2011 Census.[2]


The village was founded in the 17th century, during the Plantation of Ulster, by Sir Toby Poyntz. He was the son of Lieutenant Charles Poyntz, who, for his military services, obtained a 500 acres (2.0 km2) grant of land that had been confiscated from the O'Hanlons by the English. The Irish called the area An Chora Uachtarach, meaning "the upper weir".[3] Before it was named Acton, the townland was known as Curryotragh. There he built a bawn 100 feet (30 m) square, a house of brick and lime for himself, and 24 cottages for so many English settlers. The Poyntz family were anciently feudal barons of Curry Mallet in Somerset, England, later of Iron Acton in Gloucestershire, after which Acton, County Armagh, was named.[3] By 1837 it contained about 50 houses "indifferently built".


  1. ^ "Acton". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Acton". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Acton". Place Names NI. Retrieved 13 May 2015.

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Coordinates: 54°31′N 6°38′W / 54.517°N 6.633°W / 54.517; -6.633