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"ASHTON-upon-MERSEY, a parish in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Ashton upon Mersey and Sale, and containing 1924 inhabitants, of which number, 875 are in the township of Ashton upon Mersey, 6¾ miles (N.) from Altrincham. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £13. 4. 7., and in the patronage of W. Johnson, Esq. and another. The church is dedicated to St. Martin. There are places of worship for Calvinists, Methodists, and Unitarians. The navigable river Mersey runs through the parish. A school is endowed with land and tenements producing about £50 per annum; in addition to which, William Williamson, Esq. left an annuity of £70 for the instruction of children." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Ashton upon Mersey, also a township in the ancient parishes of Ashton upon Mersey and Bowdon, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7792), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become part of Sale.
  • It included the hamlet of Woodhouses.
  • The population was 778 in 1801, 1174 in 1851, and 5563 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Sale.


  • Ashton upon Mersey: St. Martin, Church Lane (Church of England). The ancient parish church for part (840 acres, pop. 1055 in 1871) of the township of Ashton upon Mersey.
  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for part (782 acres, pop. 1304 in 1871) of the township of Ashton upon Mersey.
  • Ashton upon Mersey: St. Mary Magdalene (Church of England). Built in 1874 as a chapel to St. Martin's. From 1894 the district church for part of the township of Ashton upon Mersey.
  • Ashton upon Mersey: All Saints (Roman Catholic). Opened in 1959.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Baptist Union Chapel, Ashton Lane. Built in 1875.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Friends' Meeting House (Quakers), Park Road. Built in 1856. Some records are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Independent Chapel, School Lane. Built in 1802. Registers 1799-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Chapel Lane. Built in 1867.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Barkers Lane. Built in 1853. Registers of marriages 1913-1963 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, Unitarian Chapel, Atkinson Road.
  • Ashton upon Mersey, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Cross Street. Built in 1878.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1936)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1936)

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Ashton upon Mersey ancient parish with separate pages


  • 1908 September 30 — Gained part of Sale (pop. 0 in 1911)
  • 1936 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Sale (1623 acres, pop. 9704 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-95)
  • Ashton upon Mersey Urban District (1895-1930)
  • Sale Urban District (1930-35)
  • Sale Municipal Borough (1935-36)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1936)