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"ASHLEY, a township in the parish of BOWDON, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 5 miles (N. N. E.) from Nether Knutsford, containing 392 inhabitants. Ashley Hall, the ancient manorial mansion, is remarkable for containing eleven original portraits of the same number of gentlemen of this county, ancestors of the Grosvenors, Cholmondeleys, and other families, who formed a club during the progress of the Pretender through the north, in 1715, when the expediency of joining his standard was debated: the casting vote against the measure having been given by Thomas Asheton, the owner of the manor and mansion: this decision is considered, from the influence of the parties in Lancashire and Cheshire, to have mainly contributed to the defeat of the enterprise." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Ashley was a township in Bowdon ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7784), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Castle Mill (part), Hough Green, and Thorns Green.
  • The population was 288 in 1801, 379 in 1851, 424 in 1901, 338 in 1951, and 261 in 2001.


  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Ashley.
  • Ashley: St. Elizabeth, Ashley Road (Church of England). Built in 1880 as a chapel to Bowdon. From 1881 the district church for the township of Ashley.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-95)
  • Bucklow Rural District (1895-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1836-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Bucklow (1945-48)
  • Knutsford (1949-74)