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Ashton Under Lyne, there was a settlement of some kind at Ashton long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. A small hillock on the north bank of the River Tame, overlooking a good crossing-point on the river, became a fortified position guarding the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia.
The parish church of St Michael and All Angels, Ashton Under Lyne. A village developed just to the north of this, around the area where St Michael's Square is today. The fortification eventually became the Old Hall. A church was built and a market developed which served the surrounding areas.
Over the centuries Ashton developed into a small market town. Wool spinning was a traditional cottage industry in the surrounding hilly areas, which were particularly suitable for rearing sheep. A small amount of coal mining took place nearby.
A major turning-point in the history of the town was the coming of the canals (and later the railways). Ashton became the junction of three canals, the Manchester and Ashton canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.
The coal mines of the area began to supply the new factories in Manchester. The canal enabled the coal mines to increase their output. Tram roads ran from mines at Hurst, Smallshaw, Dukinfield, etc. to take coal to the canal to be loaded onto narrowboats.
The canal meant that the coal and other raw products and finished goods could be transported easily and cheaply. The damp climate in the area to the west of the Pennines made the area suitable for the spinning of cotton and the whole area to the north and east of Manchester became the world centre for the manufacture of cotton goods.
Rycroft Mill, in Ashton's West End, built in 1837. The town expanded rapidly during the Victorian period with many rows of red brick terraced houses being built to house the influx of workers for the cotton mills.
A century ago there were dozens of mills in the area. Most have been demolished so that the sites could be re-developed. Very few of those remaining are still used to manufacture cotton products, due to the cheapness of goods made in the far east.
The coal mines continued to develop and as the mines to the north and east of the town became exhausted, new pits were developed to the west. In 1882 Ashton Moss Colliery became the deepest pit in the world. The colliery is now closed and its site is part of the Snipe Retail Park on the boundary with Audenshaw.
Ashton developed a thriving engineering industry. More recently textile manufacture and engineering have given way to a wide range of modern industries, including computer technology.
The town's location next to the new M60 motorway will help to ensure a promising future.
There are various opinions about the meaning of the name but it seems that the earliest known names for the town were "Aesc Tun", then "Eston" and later "Estonbury" and "Assheton".
It is usually supposed that the first element of the name refers to ash trees nearby. Ash trees were of religious significance to worshippers of the god Woden, so the name could indicate that Woden was worshipped here before the arrival of Christianity.
The elements "-ton", "-tun" and "-bury" signify settlements, such as a farm, small village or large house, with the first two often meaning a fortified settlement.
So, the name "Ashton" and its historical variants probably derived from a farm, homestead or settlement close to some ash trees.
There is some confusion over the origin of the "Lyne" element. A number of sources suggest that it refers to the place being under the line of the nearby Pennine hills. However, the name has only been spelt this way in modern times so this explanation seems unlikely.
One document of 1422 refers to the town as "Ashton sub Lima". Ashton later became known as "Ashton under Lyme". The name seems to have become changed to "Ashton Under Lyne" by the time of the Victorian era.
It would seem, then, that "Lyne" has been corrupted from the word "Lime" or "Lyme". According to various sources, a likely origin of this "Lyme" element would seem to be from the ancient forest of Lyme, which at one time covered the uplands to the east of Southern Lancashire and Cheshire. The word "lyme" meant area of elm trees, and this would also be a likely origin of the names of Limehurst, Limeside, Lyme Park and even Newcastle under Lyme.
However, the word lime or lyme was a name given in Roman times to the area of former woodland that had been stripped back on each side of a Roman road. The major Roman road between Manchester and York ran through Failsworth, Hollinwood and Hathershaw, close to the present Limeside, then on through Cross Bank at the northern extremity of what became the parish of Ashton. So the use of this word in connection with Ashton could be a reference to its proximity the the Roman road.
Other sources suggest that the "under Lyne" elements come from latin words meaning "within the boundary", indicating that Ashton was just within the boundary of Lancashire and before that Northumbria.
Historian Winnifred Bowman believed that the name of Limeside had nothing to do with the Roman limes but originated from the lime pits and lime springs that were found in the area and which were considered to have health-giving properties, so Ashton's suffix could be derived from its closeness to these lime pits.
So, there is not one clear answer to the origin of the name, but it could well be the town takes its name from a house near some ash trees in a forest of elm trees!
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