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Accounts of the history of Ashton are available at Ashton-in-Makerfield Community Forum. However, contributors to the message board felt there was a need for a place to bring together personal accounts of local history from the residents of Ashton, hence this website. A more detailed account of life in Ashton in the early 1900s has been prepared by Sheila Brown, based on the memories of her mother, Margaret Duddy. It is reproduced here with her kind permission. David Brown has also provided part of his research of the nineteenth century censuses showing the inhabitants of Stubshaw Cross and postulating their location. Ian Winstanley has allowed use of his collection of historical material, including an 1806 list of Ashton's poor. The Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project contains details of individuals and industries in Ashton in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
There is also a small collection of photographs of parts of Ashton which have vanished in the past few years.Feel free to email us with your memories and family tales of old Ashton, or add your comments to the message board.
- David McKendrick
Dr. Kuerden, describing a journey through the Ashton about 1695: ( From:'The parish of Winwick: Introduction, church and charities', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 122-132. "...Then passing on a sandy lane you leave Haydock park, and (close by the road) Haydock lodge, belonging to Mr. Legh, and going on half a mile you pass by the chapel and through the town of Ashton, standing upon a rocky ground, which belongeth to Sir William Gerard, bart., of Brynn, who resides at Garswood, about a mile to the east (sic). Having passed the stone bridge take the left hand way, which though something fouler is more used. You then pass by Whitledge Green, a place much resorted to in summer by the neighbouring gentry for bowling. Shortly after, you meet with the other way from Ashton bridge by J. Naylor's, a herald painter and an excellent stainer of glass for pictures or coats of arms. Through a more open coach-way passing on upon the right leave the Brynn gate, a private way leading to the ancient hall of Brynn, and upon the left another road by Garswood to the hall of Parr."
A recent project set out to identify the locations of the places mentioned in local parish records in the eighteenth century.
The contents of this site contain contributions from local people and due acknowledgements are given where requested. The site is sponsored by AiM.i.|