Ashton in Makerfield


"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 & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Wigan library.



The following books contain useful information about the history of Ashton in Makerfield and the surrounding area.

  • Around Ashton-in-Makerfield, in the Archive Photograph series, compiled by Tony Ashcroft, published 1997 by Chalford Publishing Co ISBN 0 7524 0797X.

Civil Registration

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


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"ASHTON-IN-MACKERFIELD, (or Ashton-le-willows), a township in the parish of Winwick and hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 2 miles to the N.W. of Newton. Wigan is its post town. It contains the hamlets of Ashton Heath, Downall Green, and several others. The Wigan and Newton railway passes near the village on the east. There are in the surrounding district many collieries, potteries, and cotton-mills, in which most of the population are employed. The manufacture of locks, screws, nails, tools, &c., are also carried on here. There are two benefices, a rectory value £550, in the patronage of the Earl of Derby, and a vicarage value £245, in the gift of the Rector of Ashton; both in the diocese of Chester. The church of the latter is dedicated to St. Thomas, that of the former to the Holy Trinity. The Roman Catholics, Unitarians, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, Quakers, and Independents, have chapels here. The charitable endowments amount to £130 a year. There are two schools belonging to the Church of England, and one to the Roman Catholics.


Historical Geography

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Ashton in Makerfield has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




View maps of Ashton in Makerfield and places within its boundaries.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ568998 (Lat/Lon: 53.493528, -2.653091), Ashton in Makerfield which are provided by:


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.



You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.