This is the area where my paternal ancestors lived in the 1600's. By 1806 some immigrated to Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, then to Dunnville, Lambton, Ontario by 1863, Petrolia Ontario by 1870 and westward ho to the prairies by 1891.
The village is best known today for the twin ruins of Castle Acre Castle and Castle Acre Priory, which lie immediately to the east and west of the village respectively. Both were founded soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey. At its heyday, Castle Acre played an important role in the affairs of the State, with many visits from royalty. Castle Acre itself was once a fortified town and still possesses one of its gates, the Bailey Gate. When first established, Castle Acre was one of the finest examples of Norman town planning in the country, and much of this can still be seen.