The name Acton is derived from the old English meaning Oak Farm and was an ancient village that became part of London. Acton itself sits within three different London Boroughs, Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Many well-known businesses started up in Acton, including T.Wall & Sons (Wall’s Sausage and Wall’s Ice cream, Wilkinson Sworn and also Waitrose (initially Waite, Rose and Taylor).
Today Acton High Street remains a busy shopping area, with many national retailers and some independent shops in the area. The area known as the “Mount” on Acton High Street (close to Morrison’s) hosts a market three times a week and the recently refurbished Swimming Pool is home to a number of competitive teams. The Park Club and Virgin Active gyms are just off Acton High Street.