Ashton-under-Lyne is a market town in Tameside, Greater Manchester,
England. The population was 45,198 at the 2011 census. Historically in
Lancashire, it is on the north bank of the River Tame, in the foothills
of the Pennines, 6.2 miles (10.0 km) east of Manchester. "Ashton",
deriving from Old English for "settlement by ash trees", probably dates
from the Anglo-Saxon period. In the Middle Ages, Ashton-under-Lyne was a
parish and township and Ashton Old Hall was held by the de Asshetons,
lords of the manor. Granted a Royal Charter in 1414, the manor spanned a
rural area of marshland, moorland, villages and hamlets. By the mid-
19th century Ashton had emerged as an important mill town at a
convergence of newly constructed canals and railways. The transport
network allowed for an economic boom in cotton spinning, weaving, and
coal mining, which led to the granting of municipal borough status in
1847. (Full article...).
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