Place:Ashley, Cheshire, England

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NameAshley
Alt namesCastle Millsource: hamlet in parish
Hough Greensource: hamlet in parish
Thorns Greensource: hamlet in parish
Asceliesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 52
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.35°N 2.333°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoBowdon, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township
Bucklow Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bucklow Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Macclesfield District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Cheshire East District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority covering the area since 2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ashley is a village and civil parish since 2009 in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 261. The village is at a crossroads close to the border of Cheshire with Greater Manchester, and is just to the south of the M56 motorway and close to the Manchester Airport runway. Neighbouring villages include Hale (near Altrincham), Rostherne and Mobberley.

Ashley was a township in Bowdon ancient parish in Bucklow Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. It includes the hamlets of Castle Mill (part), Hough Green, and Thorns Green. The population was 288 in 1801, 379 in 1851, 424 in 1901, and 338 in 1951. (Source: GENUKI)


Research Tips

  • The GENUKI and UKBMD pages on Cheshire and its parishes point to many other sources of information on places within the county. The many small parishes and townships that existed before 1866 are treated individually as well as the larger towns and conurbations.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides a series of maps from the Ordnance Survey illustrating the towns and villages of Cheshire and also the borders between parishes. The following group of maps provide views of the county at various dates, illustrating the changes in administrative structure.
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies have organized a facility to compare 19th century maps (including tithe maps circa 1830) with modern Ordnance Survey maps. These are available for every civil parish. The detail is very magnified and it is difficult to read any placenames on the older maps. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are the local keepers of historical material for the county.
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