Ashton in Makerfield

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Ashton-in-Makerfield, town, par., and township, SW. Lancashire, 2½ miles NW. of Newton Bridge ry. sta. and 7 miles NW. of Warrington -- par., 8659 ac., pop. 15,687; township, 6250 ac., pop. 9824; P.O., T.O. Extensive collieries, cotton-mills, and potteries are here. The township has long been famous for the mfr. of hinges, locks, files, and nails.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Wigan library.


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Details about the census records, and indexes for Ashton in Makerfield.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Ashton in Makerfield area is Wigan & Leigh.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Ashton in Makerfield was a township in the parish of Winwick.


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Poor Houses, Poor law etc.

Poor Law records held at Wigan Archives.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Ashton in Makerfield was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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