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Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire

Historical Description

Ashton-on-Mersey, a village, a township, and a parish in Cheshire. The township lies on the river Mersey, near the junction with it of the Bridgewater Canal, 1 mile NW of Sale station on the Manchester, South Junction and Al-trincham railway, and 6 WSW of Manchester; it is not wholly within the parish of Ashton-on-Mersey, but extends into that of Bowdon. Post town, Manchester; the money order and telegraph office is at Sale. The Earl of Stamford andWarrington is lord of the manor. Acreage, 1622; population, 4234. Brooks' Institute, erected in 1888 by Sir William Cnnliffe Brooks, Bart., contains a reading-room, and a room for billiards, &c. There is also a large public hall used for meetings, concerts, &c. The Mersey is crossed here by a stone bridge. The parish includes also the township of Sale, and the hamlet of Cross Street. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester; net value, £1194. The parish church is ancient, and was restored in 1887. There is a large chapel-of-ease erected in 1874. The vicarage of Sale is a separate benefice. There are places of worship for Congregationalists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, Unitarians, and a meeting-house for the Society of Friends.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCheshire 
Ecclesiastical parishAshton-upon-Mersey St. Martin 
Poor Law unionAltrincham 

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Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the description from Pigot & Co. Directory of Cheshire, 1828-9

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cheshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionNorth West
Postal districtM33
Post TownSale