Ashton upon Mersey

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Ashton upon Mersey
St martins ashton upon mersey.jpg
St Martin's Church, Ashton upon Mersey
Ashton upon Mersey is located in Greater Manchester
Ashton upon Mersey
Ashton upon Mersey
Location within Greater Manchester
Population9,693 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ785925
• London162 mi (261 km) SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSALE
Postcode districtM33
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°25′52″N 2°20′01″W / 53.4311°N 2.3336°W / 53.4311; -2.3336Coordinates: 53°25′52″N 2°20′01″W / 53.4311°N 2.3336°W / 53.4311; -2.3336

Ashton upon Mersey is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 9,693 at the 2011 census.[1] It lies on the south bank of the River Mersey, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Manchester city centre.

Historically part of Cheshire, it became an urban district in 1895 under the Local Government Act 1894. In 1930, the Ashton upon Mersey urban district was abolished and the area became a part of the urban district of Sale.[2]


A 4th century hoard of 46 Roman coins was discovered and is one of four known hoards dating from that period discovered within the Mersey basin.[3][4] In the 18th century, it was thought that Ashton upon Mersey might have been the site of Fines Miaimae et Flaviae, a Roman station next to the River Mersey. However, this was based on the De Situ Britanniae, a manuscript forged by Charles Bertram, and there is no evidence to suggest any such station existed.[5] "Ashton" is Old English for "village or farm near the ash trees", suggesting that Ashton upon Mersey is of Anglo-Saxon origin.[6] The township is first mentioned in 1260.[7]

The poet Lascelles Abercrombie was born in Ashton upon Mersey. Karl Pilkington, the author and radio and TV personality, attended Ashton-on-Mersey School. Andy Rourke of the Smiths and Chris Sievey, better known as Frank Sidebottom, are also from Ashton upon Mersey.

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  1. ^ "Trafford ward population". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Ashton upon Mersey UD". A vision of Britain through time.
  3. ^ Nevell (1992), pp. 59, 75.
  4. ^ Nevell (1997), p. 20.
  5. ^ Swain (1987), pp. 9–10.
  6. ^ Swain (1987), pp. 12–13.
  7. ^ Nevell (1997), p. 32.
  • Nevell, Mike (1992). Tameside Before 1066. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. ISBN 1-871324-07-6.
  • Nevell, Mike (1997). The Archaeology of Trafford. Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. ISBN 1-870695-25-9.
  • Swain, Norman (1987). A History of Sale from earliest times to the present day. Wilmslow: Sigma Press. ISBN 1-85058-086-3.