Acton Scott Cassey Shropshire Directory 1875

ACTON SCOTT is a parish, 3 ½ miles from Church Stretton, and 1 mile from Marsh Brook station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway, in the Southern division of the county, upper division of the hundred of Munslow, Church Stretton union, and diocese of Hereford. The church of St. Margaret is a neat Gothic stone building. The living is a rectory, yearly value £238, with residence, and 60 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Mr. Holt. An Elizabethan-parochial school house was erected here in the year 1866, at a cost of £600, exclusive of the site, at the sole expense of Mrs. Stackhouse Acton, and is entirely supported by her; it is free to the children of this and the adjoining parishes. Mrs. Holt is lady of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clay and sand; subsoil, gravel and rock. Here are charities amounting to £2 2s., given in coals. The population in 1861 was 207, and the area is 1,889 acres; gross estimated rental, £2,080; rateable value, £1,942. In 1841 the parish was assessed only £1 6s. 8d. to the ninth, “because the lands were untilled for the want of means. There were no sheep,” &c.

Alcaston, or Alciston, a township in the parish of Acton Scott, is situated about 1 mile from the parish church. It was formerly a Roman settlement. J. Loxdale Warren, Esq., J.P., is lord of the manor, and owner of the soil.

Letters arrive from Shrewsbury at 8 a.m.; dispatched at 5 45 p.m.

Acton Mrs. Stackhouse, The Hall

Magee Rev. George, m.a., Rectory

Blackhurst James, farmer, Alcaston

Cleeton William, farmer, Helmley

Hayward Edwin, farmer, Castle hill

Hayward Thomas, shopkeeper

Hotchkiss Joseph, blacksmith

Hotchkiss Samuel, farmer, Church farm

Keep George, farmer

Knott Philip, farmer, Little Oakwood

Mellings William, farmer

Parrott John, farmer, Alcaston

Thorpe Richard, farmer

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Shropshire. Printed Shrewsbury 1875.

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