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Ackton is a hamlet near Pontefract in the English county of West Yorkshire. The name "Ackton" means "oak-tree farmstead". It is formed from the Old Scandinavian word eik ("oak-tree") and the Old English word tūn ("farmstead, village, enclosure"). The first element of the name indicates the presence of settlers from Scandinavia in Ackton whose dialect influenced the name of the settlement. Ackton appeared as Aitone [sic] in the Domesday Book of 1086.
|Traditional County||Yorkshire, West Riding|
|OS Settlement Classification||Other settlement (village, hamlet etc)|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Police Authority||West Yorkshire|
Other names by which Ackton, Wakefield has been known in the past
Acton ~ Aitone ~ Attone
Ackton, Wakefield in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Ackton, township, Featherstone par., E. div. West-Riding Yorksh., 3½ m. W. of Pontefract, 968 ac., pop. 706.
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