History on the village of Acton Trussell in the county of Staffordshire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


Acton Trussell
Acton Trussell

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Moat House
New House
Seven Stars

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Banks's Imperial Mild Ale [1960's]

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1950 Advertisement for Mitchell's & Butler's

Samuel Johnson painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds [c.1772]
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Samuel Johnson

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Édouard Manet "The Merry Beer Drinker" [1870's]

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1880 Kelly's Directory
Acton Trussell with Bednall is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1867, and a township in the parish of Baswich, in the Western division of the county, hundred of East Cuttlestone, Cannock union, Stafford county court district, Penkridge rural deanery, Stafford arch-deaconry and Lichfield diocese: Acton is 3½ miles south-east from Stafford, and 2½ north-east from Penkridge station; Bednall is 4½ miles south-east from Stafford, and 4½ north-east from Penkridge. The river Penk and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal pass through the parish. Acton church [St. James] is an old building with a square tower, and formerly belonged to the Priory of St. Mary, Stafford: it is an object of great interest by reason of its antiquity and was restored in 1870, and contains much beautiful stained glass. Bednall church [All Saints] was rebuilt about the year 1844: it is of stone in the Early English style, and consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, and porch : there is a beautiful stained window in the chancel, the gift of Mrs. Heath and Miss Stokes, who have also added a spire and clock. This church also contains a memorial window to the late Mrs. Alsop. The register dates from the year 1571. The living is a vicarage, gross income £400, tithes commuted at £218, with 24 acres of glebe, in the gift of Hulme's trustees, and held by the Rev. Arthur Richard Alsop M.A. of Brasenose College, Oxford. The Earl of Lichfield is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Lord Hatherton, the Earl of Lichfield, W. Chetwynd Esq.. Mrs. Heath, and Miss Stokes. The soil is stiffish clay, and in some parts gravel; subsoil, rock and sandstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, turnips, seeds and clover. The area is 2,535 acres; rateable value, £5,189 ; the population in 1871 was 569.
Acton Trussell
Harding William
Harrison George, Ivy House
Mathews John William
Wyatt Robert, Acton Hill
Cotton John, Seven Stars
Cross William, New House & hay & corn dealer
Evans Elizabeth Mrs., shopkeeper
Hall Ellen Mrs., farmer, Roseford
Harper, James, wheelwright & timber dealer
Harris Henry, farmer
Johnson Henry, butcher
Mathews John William, farmer
Oakden Thomas, farmer
Smith Edwin, farmer
Titterton William, farmer
Wood Charles, farmer, Splashes Farm
Wyatt Robert, agent to Earl of Lichfield, Acton Hill
Alsop Rev. Arthur Richard M.A. [vicar]
Heath Mrs
Stokes Miss
Waggon Samuel, farmer
Brown Joseph, farmer
Buttery George, blacksmith
Dewsbury Edward, farmer
Harper David, wheelwright
Hawkins Thomas, farmer
Haynes William, shopkeeper
Marshall Samuel, farmer
Merricks Benjamin, farmer
Nichols Charles, shopkeeper & farmer
Pyatt Joseph, farmer
Watwood George, shoe maker
Weatherer Joseph, farmer
Wright Joseph, coal dealer

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