Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire Family History Guide

Ashton in Makerfield is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1840 from chapelry in Winwick Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Haydock.

Alternative names: Ashton in Mackerfield, Ashton in Willows, Ashton le Willows, Ashton within Makerfield

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1698
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1698

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Pemberton
  • Golborne
  • Ashton in Makerfield Holy Trinity
  • Wigan All Saints
  • Parr
  • Burton Wood
  • Newton in Makerfield St Peter
  • Newton in Makerfield
  • Wigan St Catherine

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHTON-IN-MACKERFIELD, or Ashton-le-Wlllows, a village and a township in Wigan district, and a parish partly also in Warrington district, Lancashire. The village stands 2½ miles NW of Newton, and 3 WNW of Golborne r. station; and has a post office, of the name of Ashton-in-Mackerfield, under Warrington. The township has long been noted for the manufacture of hinges, locks, files, and nails; and is maintained also by cotton factories and coalmines. Acres, 5,557. Real property, £28,364, of which £13,065 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 5,679; in 1861, 6,566. Houses, 1,176. The parish includes also the township of Haydock, and comprises 7,919 acres. Real property, £42,630, of which £20,893 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 7,673; in 1861, 10,181. Houses, 1,777. There are two livings, or ecclesiastically two parishes, Holy Trinity and St. Thomas, the former a rectory, the latter a vicarage, in the diocese of Chester. Value of H. T., £550; of St. T., £245. Patron of H. T., the Earl of Derby; of St. T., the Rector. H. T. church is near the hamlets of Downhall-Green and North Ashton, where is a post office under Wigan; and St. T church. is in the village of Ashton. There is also a vicarage of St. James’, Haydock. There are likewise a handsome Independent chapel built in 1867, three other dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed. school with £33, and charities £97.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Wigan
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Winwick
  • Poor Law Union: Wigan
  • Hundred: West Derby
  • Province: York