ASHTON, a township, in the parish of Tarvin, union of Great Boughton, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury, S. division of the county of Chester, 7½ miles (E. N. E.) from Chester; containing 401 inhabitants. The manor was held in the reign of Edward I. by the Mainwaring family, from whom it descended by female heirs to the Veres and Trussells: about 1580 it was sold by Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford, to Sir Christopher Hatton, from whom it passed by successive sales to various owners. The property of Ashton-Hayes was purchased in 1843 from Booth Grey, Esq., by William Atkinson, Esq., of Manchester, who has much improved the mansion and grounds, and introduced the latest system of agriculture. The township comprises 1222 acres; the soil is of a sandy quality. The tithes have been commuted for £109 payable to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield, and £81. 10. to the vicar of the parish.