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A grade II* listed Elizabethan brick manor house built for Richard Acton c 1580. One of the earliest brick houses in Shropshire.
The Acton Family has owned the estate for over 900 years. Oak panelled reception rooms containing interesting artefacts, Jacobean woodwork and friezes, unique fireplaces and fascinating family heirlooms.
The 1817 discovery of a Roman villa site on the estate is documented. The Acton family are restoring parts of the house, gardens and woodland. The basic layout of the gardens from 1807 is represented in the lawns, archery ground, unused flower garden, walled garden and secret Rock Garden. Lucy Acton (d.2019) left a comprehensive account of the history of Acton Scott Hall, estate and family members in the form of unpublished books. They offer a wonderful insight into the past of this tranquil, timeless gem. TS Acton (d.2020) founded Acton Scott Working Farm museum (as seen on “Victorian Farm”).
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Acton Scott Hall hope to be able to offer wedding facilities in the near future. Visit their website for further information.
A word from the owner
Current owners Francis and Alison Acton and their adult children live and work on the Estate. We manage the grounds and house with help from volunteers, friends and local experts when necessary.
Thomas Andrew Knight 1758 - 1838 (Father of Frances Stackhouse Acton who married Thomas Pendarves Acton in 1812) was a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society. First person to employ controlled cross pollination of plants to produce new varieties for plant breeding.
He is mentioned in Darwin's "Origin of Species". John Stackhouse (married Susanna Acton in 1773) was a Fellow of the Linnean Society and marine biologist. Wrote several botanical books and published his seminal study of British Seaweed Nereis Britannica (1795 - 1801). TS Acton (d 2020) was founder of the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum. A historical documentary TV series "Victorian Farm" was filmed on Acton Scott Estate.