Ashton Hayes: a village in Cheshire England
Local Services and Information Sources
This is not an official website for Ashton Hayes but has been compiled for my own information and interest. It has been published since 1999, I hope that other people will find it useful.
We now have an official Ashton Hayes Parish Council Webpage with news, information and videos.
There is also information about the village at Wikipedia
Hayes is aiming to be England's first carbon neutral village.
For details, go to the Ashton Hayes: Going Carbon Neutral Project Webpage
Ashton Hayes is a village in the rural area of Chester in the Northwest of England. Local services may be seen on the Cheshire West and Chester website.
Cheshire now has its own broadband television channel The Cheshire Channel
Here are a few of my own photographs taken in Ashton Hayes
You can see a detailed street view of the village at British Streets
There are several listed buildings in the village
Hayes is part of the parish of Ashton Hayes which includes Ashton
cum Peel. It is situated about 7 miles from Chester and is close
to Delamere Forest.
In 2004, the village changed its name from Ashton because of confusion with the many other British places of that name. You can read about the reasons for the change in this Guardian article
The village is mentioned in the Domesday
Book. Its entry roughly translated is:
In Riseton hundred Richard de Vernon holds Ashton. Toret held it and he was a free man. There are four hides that pay geld. There is land for five ploughs. In the demesne there is one plough and two slaves and two villeins and two radmen and three bordars with two ploughs. There is a wood half a league long and one acre wide. In the time of King Edward it was worth sixteen shillings, now it is worth twenty shillings. He found it waste
can now search and download images online for a small fee at the
National Archives Domesday
There is now a Domesday Browser and Mapping Tool on the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England PASE website.
A medieval potter's kiln was found in the garden of Smithy House, Ashton in October 1933
In the eleventh century, the manor was held by the Vernon family. The Mainwaring family owned it in the thirteenth century and it passed through the female line to the Trussel family. Again, through the female line, it passed to John de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford in the sixteenth century. In about 1579/80, his heir, the 7th Earl sold Ashton to Sir Christopher Hatton.
It then passed through various owners but was bought in the early nineteenth century by Booth Grey who sold it to William Atkinson in the 1840s .
Atkinson donated the money to build the
village church which was erected in 1848 and consecrated in
1849. Two Methodist chapels were also erected in the mid nineteenth
century, a Wesleyan chapel and a Primitive Methodist chapel, although
only one remains today.
At around the same time a free school was built to hold sixty girls and infants. The original school is now the Village Hall.
In 1923, the estate was sold by auction by the then owner Roger Charlton-Parr .Many of the plots seem to have been bought by their sitting tenants with the majority being acquired by Major Ernest Johnson who had rented the house and much of the land.
The population of the village more than
doubled in the 1960s when new housing estates were built.
According to the 1961 census, the population was 474 with 160 households. In 1971, it had risen to 1,013 with 350 households.
When I arrived in the village in 1967, there were three shops.
There is now only one village shop/post office.
Lane End Farm was still a working farm in the middle of the village. Its buildings are now offices. Where the hens scratched, there are two cottages and the cottages' garages are the former pigsties.
The bull's shed is now part of the doctors' surgery.
There is other historical information at British History Online and on the St John the Evangelist Ashton Hayes Website: this includes some more recent history.
There is a photograph of the Ashton War Memorial with a list of those commemorated on it on Carls's Cam: a collection of pictures of Cheshire for family history hunters.
Note that there are fourteen men who died in the Great War. According to the Census, in 1911 the entire population of the village was only 421.
There is some information about Ashton Hayes and other villages in Cheshire Townships before 1974
village is about five miles from Chester
and is close to
Delamere Forest. Here are some photographs
of the Forest. There are several pleasant
walks in the area including the Sandstone
There is information about walks, parks and events at the Discover Cheshire website.
By entering a town or postcode at the Visit Woods website, you can find publicly accessible woods in the area
This is a modern Map of Ashton Hayes.
You can see an 1881 map at Old Maps. This map and other maps of Cheshire can be found via the site's County Gazetteer.
If you download Google Earth, you can see the village in detail
National and local information and services can be found at Gov.UK the official government website for citizens
Local information can also be found at the Neighbourhood Statistics section of the Office for National Statistics
You can report, view or discuss local problems at Fix My Street
of houses for sale can be found at Rightmove
To find out the prices for which local properties have been sold, go to Nethouseprices
Local planning applications can be found on the UK Planning website and houses for sale or rent may be found on the Rightmove site
Telephone directory enquiries are obtainable via the BT Online Telephone Directory
For a local weather forecast, go to the BBC Weather Centre and enter your postcode.
Local Emergency Services and Helplines
Other local services can now be found by using the Google Local website or Yahoo Local
Unlocking Innovation: UK data online: enter your postcode to find tools and information about your local area using government data
Ashton Hayes has a well stocked community shop with a Post Office
The local pub, the Golden Lion serves food. [unfortunately, the pub is closed at the moment]
local amenities can be found in Ashton Hayes's nearest neighbour
The Goshawk pub opposite the Railway Station serves meals. There is now a safe pedestrian pathway between Ashton Hayes and Mouldsworth,
Please note that the telephone area code for the Goshawk is 01928 and not 01829,
shops, pubs, businesses and services can be found in the larger
neighbouring village of Kelsall
Other services can be found a little further away in Tarvin and Tarporley
Tarporley Parish Council has its own website
Find about local health services by typing in your postcode at the Find Services in your Community section of the NHS Choices website Health and care information is also available on the West Cheshire Health and Care Website
accidents and emergencies, the nearest hospital is the Countess
of Chester but the Tarporley
War Memorial Hospital has a 24-hour 7-day minor injuries
service run by nurses, with support from GPs when they are in the
Drs Taylor, Gleek, Griffin & Adey have a branch surgery in the village at Lane End Farm in Kelsall Road.
The Cheshire Fire Service Website: has information and safety tips
The nearest branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau is in Chester
Ashton Hayes is in the Eddisbury Parliamentary Constituency. The Member of Parliament is Stephen O'Brien. His website includes information about the Eddisbury Constituency, and contact details.
Other local political groups are the Liberal Democrats and the local Conservative and Labour organisations.
The nearest vet is The Firs Veterinary Surgery. Dog Lane, Kelsall. (01829 751500)
Find out about local crime statistics and see crime maps by entering your postcode at the Police.UK site
The Woodland Trust has planted a wood at Wheeldon Copse at Maidens Cross, Alvanley, not far from Ashton Hayes. While the young trees were growing there was a wild flower meadow on the site. For those interested in local wildlife, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust: is a good source of information
organic skincare products with free delivery to Ashton Hayes
Ashton Hayes Golden Club meets at Ashton Hayes WI Hall. Its social and cultural activities including outings, talks, games, slideshows, quizzes, speakers . It meets Tuesday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
St. Cuthberts Church (RC) , Mouldsworth
parish church is St
John the Evangelist Ashton Hayes. You can see a photograph of it
and other village buildings in the Parish
Council Photo Gallery
There is also a Wikipedia article about the church. Ashton Hayes is part of the Chester Diocese: photographs of more than 400 of the historic church buildings of Cheshire can be seen on Cheshire Churches
is a rail connection to Manchester and Chester at Mouldsworth
Latest information for arrivals and departures at Mouldsworth Station can be found via the Live Departure Boards at UK Railways on the Net
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