Ashton in Makerfield  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ashton in Makerfield like this:

ASHTON-IN-MACKERFIELD, or Ashton-le-Wlllows, a village and a township in Wigan district, and a parish partly also in Warrington district, Lancashire. The village stands 2½ miles NW of Newton, and 3 WNW of Golborne r. station; and has a post office,‡ of the name of Ashton-in-Mackerfield, under Warrington. ...

The township has long been noted for the manufacture of hinges, locks, files, and nails; and is maintained also by cotton factories and coalmines. Acres, 5,557. Real property, £28,364,-of which £13,065 are in mines. Pop. in 1851,. 5,679; in 1861, 6,566. Houses, 1,176.—The parish includes also the township of Haydock, and comprises 7,919 acres. Real property, £42,630,-of which £20,893 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 7,673; in 1861, 10,181. Houses, 1,777. There are two livings, or ecclesiastically two parishes, Holy Trinity and St. Thomas, the former a rectory, the latter a vicarage, in the diocese of Chester. Value of H. T., £550;* of St. T., £245.* Patron of H. T., the Earl of Derby; of St. T., the Rector. H. T'. church is near the hamlets of Downhall-Green and North Ashton, where is a post office under Wigan; and St. T church. is in the village of Ashton. There is also a vicar age of St. James', Haydock. There are likewise a hand some Independent chapel built in 1867, three other dis senting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed. school with £33, and charities £97.

Ashton in Makerfield through time

Ashton in Makerfield is now part of Wigan district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wigan has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ashton in Makerfield itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ashton in Makerfield, in Wigan and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th June 2024

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