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Ashton under Lyne Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 111 photos

Long before the Norman Conquest of 1066 there were people living around what is now Ashton, on the north bank of the River Tame overlooking a good crossing-point on the river there was once a fortified area which guarded the old boundary between the kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia.

Just to the north of this where St Michael's Square is now a settlement appeard and the site of the fortification eventually becoming what was The Old Hall.
A church was built and the new town granted permission to hold a Market and over the centuries Ashton developed itself into a small market town with Wool spinning as the main industry and sheep farming in the surrounding hills. At first a small amount of coal mining took place nearby but the coming of the canals bode well for Ashton and it became the junction of three canals. Manchester and Ashton canal, Huddersfield Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.
Coal mines of the area began to supply the then new factories in Manchester and the canals enabled the coal mines to increase their output due to the ease of delivery.

Ashton is now a busy town that is proud of it's heritage and has many museums showing off it's history.

  • Last visit to Ashton under Lyne: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    "Daisy Nook" is a cute name! Fancy those two museum's being free, the Manchester one sounds and looks great! It was interesting reading about Haryshead Pike, I didn't know about it.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Frankie & Benny's New York Italian Restaurant looks great, haven't seen any of theirs in Manchester?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 4:35 AM

    This area looks lovely; especially Daisy Nook & Hartshead pike :-)

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Next time i would go for the extra hot

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Some very interesting informationa about the local history of the area. I think Ben Brierley would be so pleased to know that people still enjoy outings to Daisy Nook.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Hello, Gareth ! Thanks for your interesting story about that place....

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    The Portland Basin's blue windows look so lovely!!

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