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Acton comes from the Anglo-Saxon, meaning Oak Town. Acton was a village before the urban sprawl of the early twentieth century, when many people including property developers and builders moved into the area.
What Acton is famous for
- Soapsud Island
In the 1920s, Acton became famous for being a centre for launderies. This provided employment for the area, later to be supplanted and replaced by engineering firms.
- Site of an aerodrome
- BBC people
Also, Acton has been used as a film shoot location for Minder, Only Fools and Horses, Eastenders and Monty Python.
There are four tube stations and three surface stations with Acton in the name:
- North Acton, East Acton, West Acton - Central line
- Acton Town - Piccadilly and District lines
- Acton Central, South Acton - Silverlink North London line
- Acton Mainline - Thames Trains service to Paddington and Ealing Broadway
Acton has many pubs, but very few good pubs.
For More Information
See AJK's site which has photographs and information on the history of Acton
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