In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Iron Acton like this:
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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Iron Acton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Gloucestershire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Iron Acton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Iron Acton in South Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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