We are a small group of local residents from around the heath area. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the heath for all to enjoy. Our little group is in the process of joining a linked nationwide collection of groups. When this is done we can then apply for council and other grants to help maintenance. Visit Website

The site now occupied by Byrchall and St Edmund Arrowsmith high schools was the location of a Second World War P.O.W. camp, Camp 50.

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The Hingemaker's Arms public house, on Heath Road, is the only one in the world known to carry that name. It was run by the Corless family for decades until Walter Corless' retirement in 2006. The Hinge, as it is known by its clientele, is now owned and operated by a consortium of local businessmen.

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St Thomas' Church of England parish church on Warrington Road has ancient origins although the present building is barely over 120 years old. The graveyard is the resting place of many of the 189 victims of the Wood Pit explosion (at Haydock on Friday 7 June 1878), the worst coal-mining disaster in Lancashire at the time.

Click here - To view slideshow of a small selection of photographs of the Lady members and friends enjoying a variety of Walks, Afternoon Tea, The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations, Xmas Red & Green Golf Day and the Ladies Golf District Championship Team for 2016.

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.

Ashton-in-Makerfield was part of the St. Helens Area of the South Lancashire Coalfield. The St Helens Area lay to the South West of the Wigan area and occupied around 60 square miles (160 km2), skirting Wigan, Warrington, Widnes and to within eight miles (13 km) of Liverpool.

Ashton's local semi-pro football clubs are Ashton Athletic F.C. and Ashton Town A.F.C.. Garswood United F.C. is also nearby.

In 1867 there were 13 collieries in the district of Ashton-in-Makerfield. Others followed including Bryn Hall Colliery, owned by Edward Frederick Crippin, the Mains and Park Lane Collieries. Park Colliery and some of those open in 1867 (e.g. Garswood Hall) remained productive until the 1950s.[4]

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.

Something in the community that you think could be changed or improved? Do you want to come to our meetings and help organise events or simply turn up on the night? All are welcome.

Contact us with your community group name, a short description and website address and we’ll add you to the list.

All the local community groups in Ashton are looking out for new members and new ideas. If you feel you could make Ashton in Makerfield a better place contact your local group.

The section of Ashton-in-Makerfield within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan creates the Bryn & Ashton Township, consisting of the six 'neighbourhoods' of Bryn, Ashton, Ashton Heath, Landgate, Stubshaw Cross and Town Green, and one of the ten areas into which Wigan Metropolitan Borough has been divided for consultation purposes. Each township has a forum, with some influence over the provision of municipal services.

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

Crompton's, the hinge and fasteners making factory in Ashton-in-Makerfield, has closed and is now demolished. A shopping centre called the Gerard Centre now stands in its place.

Glorious weather heralded the Seniors Victory Trophy at Haydock Park on Friday 26th August 2016, but damp conditions from the previous evening combined with punishing rough proved too much for the Ashton team. Home advantage did the trick for Haydock who took took both gross and nett team prizes.  As you can see from the SLIDESHOW however, the team took it all in their stride and spirits remained high on an enjoyable day. 

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Ashton-in-Makerfield consists of the following sections. Town Green, Stubshaw Cross and Bryn, with Garswood and Downall Green in the Parish of Seneley Green.

A number of Ashton's coal miners made a significant impact on modern British history, including: Stephen Walsh M.P.; William Kenealy, V.C. and Lance-Corporal in the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers; and Joe Gormley, President of the National Union of Mineworkers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Before 1894 Ashton-in-Makerfield was a township in the parish of Winwick, part of the West Derby Hundred of Lancashire. By an Act in 1845 and the division of the Parish of Winwick, Holy Trinity Church, Downall Green, was made the principal parish church and St. Thomas' made a parish church in the same Act, both being part of the Diocese of Liverpool. By the Local Government Act 1894 Ashton-in-Makerfield was made an urban district.

People either born or brought up in Ashton-in-Makerfield, or have had some significant connection with the town during their life, include:

Ashton Community Forum. News and current events around Ashton in Makerfield together with a history of the original Ashton Community Forum. Visit Website


Ask for the gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Ashton-in-Makerfield to another place.

Ashton-in-Makerfield has three secondary schools: Cansfield High School; Byrchall High School and St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School.

We are a group of local volunteers, working with residents and businesses in the town to improve its image whilst preserving the town’s charm and character. Friends of Ashton is a non-political and from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages.

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John Leslie Hart, Heath Road, 44 years service at Bury FC. 1936–1980 Player, Captain, Trainer, Physiopherapist, Manager. Exhibition of Les's service with one Club at the Football Museum Preston.

The name Ashton derives from Old English and means the "farmstead where the ash-trees grow"; it is a common name and is found locally in Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside and Ashton upon Mersey in Trafford. The town's name was recorded as Eston in 1212. Later, the suffix "in-Makerfield" was added, which relates the name of the old district of Makerfield of which Ashton was a part; Makerfield derives from the Celtic for a wall or ruin and the Old English word feld, meaning "open land".[3]

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The west of Ashton-in-Makerfield is part of St Helens, in Merseyside. The east section lies in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester. It is wholly included in the Liverpool Urban Area.

The Catholic Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, constructed in 1935, houses the hand of St Edmund Arrowsmith (1585–1628).

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

Run by local volunteers to serve Ashton in Makerfield. It continues to provide facilities for a variety of community activities for all age groups. Visit Website

Ashton-in-Makerfield is a town located in Greater Manchester, England. Part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan it is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) south of the town of Wigan. In 2001 it had a population of 28,505, increasing to 28,762 at the 2011 Census.[2]

We are a very active Ladies group enjoying a full diary of competitions and a wide variety of Social gatherings,

If you are interested in joining, why not take advantage of our Summer Special Offer :

A market is held on the market square off Garswood Street on Tuesdays and Saturdays.