Iron Acton, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Engraving of Iron Acton Church 1786
Engraving of Iron Acton Church 1786

Iron Acton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Latteridge, Angar Acton and Acton Ilgar.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1570

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Iron Acton

Historical Descriptions

Iron Acton

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

IRON-ACTON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The village stands 1½ mile NW of Yate r. station, and 3½ NW by W of Chipping-Sodbury; and has a post office under Bristol, and fairs on 25 April and 13 Sept. The parish contains also the hamlets of Latteridge and Acton-Ilgar. Acres, 2,927. Real property, £6,335. Pop., 1,234. Houses, 303. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to Walter Long, Esq. Coal, limestone, and iron ore occur; and the last was, at one time, so largely dug and smelted as to give rise to the prefix Iron in the name of the parish. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £714. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church is later English, in fair condition; has a lofty tower; and contains a handsome monument to Robert Poyntz. Remains of an ancient cross, very fine but much disfigured, are in the churchyard. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and charities £10. The sub-district contains also three other parishes. Acres, 11,396. Pop., 5,252. Houses, 1,142.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Angar Acton

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Acton, Angar, a tything, in the parish of Iron-Acton, Lower division of the hundred of Grumbald’s-Ash, W. division of the county of Gloucester.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Richardson Thomas, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire, tanner, Feb. 6, 1821.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chipping Sodbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Hawkesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chipping Sodbury
  • Hundred:
  • Province: Canterbury