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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ashton under Lyne has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tameside. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ashton under Lyne and units named after it.
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: 30th June 2015
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