Ashton in Makerfield
Ashton in Makerfield is believed to have existed since Saxon Times. Previous names recorded for the village are Eston (1212), Aystone (1246) and Asshton (1332). Ashton in Makerfield was also known as Ashton in the Willows. Today it is sometimes referred to as Ashton in Wakerfield because many of those who work in Warrington prefer to live in Ashton and commute!
In 1824 Edward Baines published an early and very comprehensive history, directory and gazetterer of Lancashire in which he identified Ashton in Makerfield as being one of the ten townships which formed the parish of Winwick. He gave the following description “a large and populous village which forms the centre of a brisk manufacturing district, where the poor are industrious, and their employers prosperous”. To give an idea of the growth of the area Baines quoted the Census population data as follows: 1801: 3696 persons; 1811: 4747 persons and in 1821 902 houses, 1071 families and 5074 persons. In 1821 it was estimated that the population, in total, paid an annual rental of £16,330. Follow the links to see the Directory of the parish that Baines published in 1824, which was presumably taken from the 1821 data.
I have used the following sources when compiling these descriptions of Ashton in Makerfield, they are all available at the library:-
Thank you to the staff at Ashton in Makerfield Library for making me feel welcome on a very rainy and blustery December day in 2006.