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All Saints' Church in Ryde

Ryde

in the county of Isle of Wight

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Pictures of Acton Burnell

in the county of Shropshire
Acton Burnell - the Castle and St. Mary's Church

About Acton Burnell

Interestingly, Acton Burnell has connections with America that go back to the stirring days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Richard Henry Lee, one of the signatories to the declaration was an ancestor of the Lee family who owned this village in the 17th-century, so too, was General Robert E. Lee, noted commander of the South during the Civil War.

Acton Burnell, is a spacious village that has attractive properties of stone and an assembly of picturesque timber framed black and white cottages. It has an understated gentility that tells you that this is an old place with a great deal of history. Part of that history is the romantic ruin of Acton Burnell Castle which stands close to the village church. The castle dates approximately 1284 and was built by Robert Burnell, who was both Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Bath and Wells during the time of King Edward Ist.

The church of St.Mary dates 13th-century with a later Victorian tower. The interior has many interesting features, including memorials to the Burnell and Lee families.

For a pleasurable trip into the past and a wander around picturesque romantic ruins, Acton Burnell is well worth a visit.

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The English Bridge

Shrewsbury (269 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Shropshire

(6.8 miles, 10.9 km, direction N of Acton Burnell)

Shrewsbury is a wonderfully atmospheric town which beguiles the visitor with sights of bygone centuries and much a great charm is to be found in its narrow streets and medieval buildings...

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Church Stretton (52 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Shropshire

(6.9 miles, 11.1 km, direction SW of Acton Burnell)

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Little Stretton (4 Pictures) in the county of Shropshire

(8.4 miles, 13.6 km, direction SW of Acton Burnell)

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Ironbridge (166 Pictures) in the county of Shropshire

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction E of Acton Burnell)

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Stokesay (46 Pictures) in the county of Shropshire

(14.1 miles, 22.8 km, direction SW of Acton Burnell)

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Acton Burnell Castle, Shropshire

Acton Burnell Castle (4 Pictures)

(0.5 miles, 0.7 km)

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(4.2 miles, 6.8 km, direction NE)

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Shrewsbury Abbey. Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Abbey (5 Pictures)

(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction N)

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(6.9 miles, 11.1 km, direction NW)

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