‘Absolutely Authentic’

David Starkey

Acton Court in the Media

Acton Court is the subject of several publications and is often featured on television and in print.

Acton Court on TV


Reformation: Europe’s Holy War

Reformation: Europe’s Holy War

First broadcast October 2017

Historian David Starkey tells the story of the Protestant Reformation and how it transformed the face of modern Europe, including scenes filmed at Acton Court. 

BBC 2 website

Britain’s Secret Homes

Britain’s Secret Homes

First broadcast 2013

Building on the phenomenal success of ITV and the British Museum’s 2012 series Britain’s Secret Treasures, ITV commissioned a further landmark history series, this time in conjunction with English Heritage. These homes, many still lived in by members of the public have all borne witness to discoveries, events and happenings that have changed the course of history. This series is presented by Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes with a host of high profile additional presenters telling the stories of homes which have a relevance to them.

Acton Court has been chosen as one of the top 50 most interesting and historically significant homes in Britain.

The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England

The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England

First broadcast 2013

In ‘The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England’, Melvyn Bragg explores the dramatic story of William Tyndale and his mission to translate the Bible into English.

BBC2 website

Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones
Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones

Top: Griff Rhys Jones with guide Anita Simms and Dorothy Brown Above: Griff Rys Jones interviewing Dorothy Brown of Bristol Visual and Environmental Group. Right: Dancers rehearsing at Acton Court. Saturday 17 September 2011, 8pm BBC Two

Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones

Episode 1, Royal Progress

First broadcast May 2012

Griff goes on a Tudor adventure as he retraces the route taken by Elizabeth I from Windsor to Bristol, calling at Acton Court en route.

BBC1 website

Hilary Mantel: A Culture Show Special

Hilary Mantel: A Culture Show Special

First broadcast September 2011

Writer and film-maker James Runcie talks to Hilary Mantel about her childhood and visits the places that have inspired her, including Acton Court.

Watch clips on BBC Two webpage

Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant

Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant

First broadcast 2009

David Starkey presents a four-part “psychological profile” of Henry VIII.

Henry’s Lost Palaces

Henry’s Lost Palaces

First broadcast Easter 2009

Time Team 2009 Easter Weekend Special presented by Tony Robinson.

Time Team’s Tony Robinson and archaeologist Rob Bell during filming at Acton Court.

Acton Court in Print


Acton Court in Print

The publications below contain articles on Acton Court.

Current Archaeology

Acton Court is top feature in May 2008 issue of Current Archaeology issue number 218.

House and Gardens

April 2008 issue.

World of Interiors

Acton Court features in July 2007 issue of World of Interiors.

Discover Britain’s Historic Houses

Western England / Simon Jenkins (Reader’s Digest)

England’s Thousand Best Houses

Simon Jenkins.

Historic Gardens of Gloucestershire

Timothy Mowl.

Country Life

There is a letter about our Road Campaign and petition
in the March 2011 edition of the magazine.

Acton Court Publications

The following publications are available from us.

To order please call us on 01454 228 224 or contact us online for further information.


Rediscovering Acton Court         and the Poyntz Family

Rediscovering Acton Court
and the Poyntz Family

Published by Visual & Environmental Group

When Dorothy Brown of the BVEBT first found Acton Court, it was in such bad condition that parts of it were held up with scaffolding poles. Dorothy’s involvement very possibly saved the house from demolition and was instrumental to its scheduling and recognition as one of the most important Tudor buildings in the country. This guide-sized book describes the exciting process of unearthing the extraordinary history behind Acton Court. It covers its rescue, the work done by English Heritage, their archaeologists, and the current owners to save the building for the future. The book also includes an abridged history of the Tudor members of the Poyntz family of Iron Acton and their descendants, written by Jean Manco.

A4 paperback, 36 pages
Over 200 illustrations in colour and black & white.


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Acton Court: 
The evolution of an early Tudor courtier’s house

Acton Court:
The evolution of an early Tudor courtier’s house

No Longer Available – Out of Print

Published by English Heritage

This major report, published by English Heritage, is a detailed account of archeological investigations carried out during the restoration of the house. It describes the large scale excavations which brought to light the medieval manor house and its associated landscape. It includes a history of the Poyntz family and the discovery of the remarkable fact that the surviving building was built as a lodging for Henry VIII on his progress round the region in the summer of 1535. Possibly because of the house’s neglect in the 20th century, much detail survived which might have otherwise been swept away during earlier renovations. Notable discoveries included a very fine frieze in renaissance style as well as a remarkable collection of contemporary pottery, glass and other domestic articles recovered from the moat.

A book for those with a keen interest in 16th century
artefacts and architecture.

Paperback 276 x 219mm, 444 pages 20 colour and 279 black & white illustrations
ISBN 1 873592 63 9

Our special price £60.00

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The Walls Have Angels

The Walls Have Angels

by Lesley Saunders
Published by Mulfran Press 2014

Lesley Saunders is the author of five books of poetry. Her work has been widely published and has won numerous awards and prizes. Her latest collection, The Walls Have Angels, was inspired by her residency at Acton Court and its summer visitors in 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Paperback, 60 pages


Excludes postage & packing

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Acton Court Postcards

Postcards featuring photographs of the house and gardens and architectural details are also available.

Pack of 6 £3.00

Excludes postage & packing

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