Aston, South Yorkshire
Unlike other places of the same name, Aston does not mean "eastern farm or village," but instead originates from the Old English words tun "farm, village, and estate" with an uncertain first element. The name was recorded as Essetone in 1039, suggesting Old English ǣsc "ash tree" (as in Ashton and Ashton-in-Makerfield), although this is not certain.
Aston was traditionally a farming village and some old farm buildings still line the main road. Some distinguished[peacock term] structures are cared for today as private residences, such as "High Trees" on the corner of Church Lane. Other distinguished structures include: the house on Worksop Road at the bend opposite the church, now named The Grange, the former Red Bull public house; the housing estate known as "The Chase," named so because it was the traditional hunting ground designated for the family of the hall.
Aston Hall, adjacent to the church, was variously a large country house, hospital, and most recently a hotel and restaurant. It gives its name to Aston Hall Cricket Club, which plays home games close to the Hall. The original hall was destroyed by fire. The hall and, indeed, most of the original Aston estate was occupied by the Verelst family for many years prior to its eventual breakup and sale.
Aston All Saint's Church is featured in the Domesday Book. The building, in places, displays evidence of pre-conquest architecture and is the oldest surviving structure in the village.
In the early 20th century the population increased because of the opening of coal mines in the area.
Aston is around 2 miles from Rother Valley Country Park.
Aston Academy is the local high school, specialising in mathematics and computing. Most pupils come from the Aston-cum-Aughton area, with others from nearby villages such as Beighton, Woodhouse and Treeton.
Local primary schools are:
- Aston C of E (Church of England)
- Aston Hall Primary
- Aston Lodge Primary
- Aston Springwood Junior & Infant School
- Swallownest Primary
- Aughton Primary
- Aston Fence Junior & Infant
The nature and clouded history of the High Trees residence, also known by local people as the "White House" has given rise to a local ghost story: according to the legend, the ghost of the "White Lady" roams the property nightly, lamenting her violent and untimely death at the hands of her cruel husband who dispatched her by throwing her down the stairs. Those brave enough to enter the house will observe the indelible blood stain at the bottom of the stairs. Little evidence beyond local folklore is available to support the story's origin.