Place:Ackton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesAitonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
Attonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 313
TypeHamlet, Township, Civil parish
Coordinates53.684°N 1.372°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
West Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoFeatherstone, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish and urban district of which it was a part until 1974
Wakefield (metropolitan borough), West Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ackton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ACTON, a township in Featherstone parish, [West Riding of] Yorkshire; 3½ miles W of Pontefract. It contains Acton Hall. Acres: 934. Population: 67. Houses: 17."

Ackton was made a civil parish in 1866 and was located within Featherstone Urban District. In 1938 it merged with Snydale to become Ackton and Snydale Civil Parish but remained within Featherstone Urban District until 1974. The area is now in the borough of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Ackton Hill Colliery was the first pit to close following the miners' strike of 1984-5.

Ackton was part of the ecclesiastical parish of Featherstone in the Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley Wapentake. It was situated in the Castleford Registration District until 1868, and then in the Pontefract Registration District until 1930.

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