In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Ashton under Lyne like this:
Ashton-under-Lyne, par., parl. and mun. bor., SE. Lancashire, on river Tame, 5 miles E. of Manchester and 188½ miles from London -- par., 9486 ac., pop. 75,310; parl. bor., 2149 ac., pop. 43,630; mun. bor., 1391 ac., pop. 37,040; 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Cotton mfrs. and engineering are carried on. It returns 1 member to Parliament; its parliamentary limits were extended in 1885.
Ashton under Lyne is now part of Tameside district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tameside has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ashton under Lyne itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ashton under Lyne, in Tameside and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th March 2017
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