Acton Turville is a parish and village, 7 miles east from Yate station. 9½ from Chippenham, 13 from Bath, 17 from Bristol, and 103 from London, in Grumbalds Ash hundred, Chipping Sodbury union and county court district, West Gloucestershire, rural deanery of Hawkesbury, Bristol archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric; it is situated on the high road from Malmesbury to Bristol. The church of St. Mary is an ancient stone building in the Early English style, and has been thoroughly restored and considerably enlarged; it has an elegant pyramidal bell-turret containing 1 bell, nave, aisle, chancel, new font and porch. The living is a vicarage, annexed, together with the chapelry of West Littleton, to Tormarton, joint annual value £800, with residence and 25 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort; the Rev. J. S. M. Anderson, M.A., is the incumbent; the Rev. W. Winstone Hayward is the curate in charge, and the Rev. George Frederick Le Mesurier, M.A., of Exeter College, Oxford, is the assistant curate. The Baptists have a chapel. The population in 1861 was 310; the acreage is 1,009. The soil is a light loam; the subsoil is oolite. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor and sole landowner. A new school for boys and girls was erected by his Grace the Duke of Beaufort in 1862, which is supported by her Grace the Duchess of Beaufort.
Parish Clerk, Jesse Long.
Comely Mr. John
Isaac Miss Ellen
Le Mesurier Rev. George Fredk. M.A
Baker Richd. draper, grocer & genrl. dlr
Cam William, boot & shoe maker
Chapel Samuel, farmer
Evans Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Goulter James, farmer
Goulter Theophilus, farmer
Harding Elizabeth, toll collector
Long Jesse, mason
Minett William, farmer
Sainsbury James, stonemason
Smith Charles, carpenter
Tanner James, brick, tile & drain pipe manufacturer
White Henry, carpenter
Woody Mary (Mrs.), Fox & Hounds
Letters through Chipping Sodbury.
The nearest money order office is at Great Badminton
Mixed Free School, Mrs. Matilda Whitfield, mistress
Carriers to Bath.— J. Smith, from Sheraton, passes through, Saturday; Charles Bell, from Luckington, passes through, Saturday.
Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.