For six years I wrote a short history
article in the monthly parish magazine,
The Pelican. One of the articles is
shown in the column opposite.
Articles can be accessed by
clicking on the appropriate title from
the index below.
If anyone has any old photographs or
parish information which they would like
recorded (for present and future
generations to share) then please get in
touch with me.
John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
ACKLINGTON HISTORY SLOT
Being a small village, there are not many streets in
Acklington, so I find it really interesting that so many
visitors, tradesmen and delivery vans frequently get
lost in our small community. Maybe the layout of the
streets is somewhat confusing, or perhaps the signs
arenít very clear, but I am amazed how often I am
stopped when gardening and asked for directions.
The actual names of the streets I also find interesting.
I am always intrigued as to how places got their names
and who christened them.
Most of Acklingtonís street names seem fairly
straightforward and uncomplicated. The houses at
DAIRY COURT were built on the site of an old dairy,
QUARRY AVENUE is near to where there once was a
quarry, TOWNSEND COURT is named after the RAF
pilot Peter Townsend who, when stationed at Acklington,
famously led the group of spitfires which shot down the
first enemy aircraft to crash on English soil in 1940.
CHURCHILL WAY is obviously named after our great
wartime leader and FIELD HOUSE CLOSE was built on
land which once was part of Field House Farm.
ACKLINGTON DRIVE seems pretty obvious (if a little
unimaginative) but on the other hand ST OMER ROAD
is a real puzzler. St Omer was a seventh century
Burgundy born saint and I am still struggling to find a
link to Acklington Village. Maybe someone will enlighten
Going back to ACKLINGTON DRIVE for a moment. It
may not have been the most inspiring choice for a street
name and yet our village cannot boast exclusive
ownership of this address. There is also an Acklington
Drive in North London and even one in the Dallas area of
Texas. Now that really is a mystery. Why would anyone
choose the name Acklington for a drive in the middle of
the USA? The names of the neighbouring drives in the
area include Buffalo Bill Drive, Doc Holliday Drive,
Wyatt Earp Drive and Butch Cassidy Drive. Now those
names I can understand in mid west AmericaÖ. but it
makes me even more curious as to why the name Acklington
was used. Could the property developer (or whoever was
given the honour of naming the street) have a connection
with our own Acklington Drive? Maybe he once was a pilot
stationed at RAF Acklington and lived in Acklington
Drive? Iíve tried to find out the answers to these
questions but without success. Perhaps one day all will
Finally here is a teaser for you. Look at the three
lovely Acklington Drive properties pictured below and
ask yourself if you had to select one as your home,
which one would you select?
be no prizes for guessing my answer!