Ashton Hayes

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Coordinates: 53°13′08″N 2°44′24″W / 53.219°N 2.740°W / 53.219; -2.740

Ashton Hayes
Ashton Hayes is located in Cheshire
Ashton Hayes
Ashton Hayes
 Ashton Hayes shown within Cheshire
Population 936 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ511693
Civil parish Ashton Hayes
Unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH3
Dialling code 01829
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Eddisbury
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Ashton Hayes is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is located about 8 miles east of Chester on the B5393 road. The nearest villages are Mouldsworth to the north east and Kelsall to the south east. According to the 2011 Census it had a population of 936. [1] The main village in the parish - formerly known as Ashton - was renamed Ashton Hayes following a referendum, to avoid confusion with other places of the same name.[2]

Carbon neutrality[edit]

In November 2005, the Ashton Hayes Parish Council agreed that the village should try to become England's first carbon neutral village and launched a programme, starting 26 January 2006. The move is supported by the local community, businesses, the local council and The Energy Saving Trust. In July 2006 the total annual output of carbon dioxide from the village was calculated by students from the University of Chester at 4,765.76 tonnes.

With the aid of a DEFRA grant, a film was made explaining the issues and the villagers' efforts, and intended to receive its premier in the village on 25 January 2007.[3] It is hoped that the film will increase awareness and encourage other communities to adopt the concept.[4]

Measures taken to offset or reduce this have included installing house insulation, installing energy saving light bulbs and wind turbines, and a large number of trees have been planted.[5] The local pub is also planning to become the first carbon neutral pub in England.[6]

Medieval pottery kiln[edit]

In 1933 a pottery kiln, which had been in use between the 13th and 15th century, was discovered in the garden of Smithy House. When excavated, it was found to consist of an oval structure with a stoke-hole on the southeast side. It contained thousands of fragments of broken pottery. Some of these have been reconstructed, forming about 30 objects, mainly jugs and pitchers, which are now in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. The site of the kiln is a scheduled monument.[7][8]

In the media[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2011 Census: Ashton CP (Ashton Hayes), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 14 September 2014 
  2. ^ Ward, David (6 August 2004), The trouble with Ashton _, London: The Guardian, retrieved 29 January 2007 
  3. ^ Daily News: Green village to premiere 'eco-film', Energy Saving Trust, 5 January 2007, retrieved 29 January 2007 
  4. ^ North West takes on the climate challenge, Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (North West), 5 September 2006, retrieved 29 January 2007 
  5. ^ Students study 'green' village, Chester Chronicle, icnetwork.co.uk, 12 May 2006, retrieved 29 January 2007 
  6. ^ The Golden Lion – Aiming to be England’s first carbon neutral pub!, goingcarbonneutral.co.uk, retrieved 29 January 2007 
  7. ^ Pastscape: Monument No. 71295, English Heritage, retrieved 11 February 2009 
  8. ^ Revealing Cheshire's Past: Ashton Medieval Kiln, retrieved 11 February 2009 

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