Ashton Hayes
a village in Cheshire, England

General Information




Local Services and Information Sources 


Local Business


Village Organisations




Local News




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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.

General Information

We now have an official Ashton Hayes Parish Council Webpage with news, information and videos.

There is also information about the village at Wikipedia

Ashton 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

There are several listed buildings  in the village. Go to The List :National Heritage List for England (NHLE): official and up to date database of nationally designated heritage assets and search under Ashton Hayes

Ashton Hayes is part of the parish of Ashton Hayes which includes Ashton, Mouldsworth and Horton Cum Peel. Further details can be found by searching on Genuki
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 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 Trail
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


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

You can now search and download images online for a small fee at the National Archives Domesday site
There is now a Domesday Browser  and Mapping  Tool on the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England PASE website.

A mediaeval pottery kiln was found in the garden den of Smithy House, Ashton in October 1933 See See Wikipedia Article

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.


This is a modern Map of Ashton Hayes.


If you download Google Earth, you can see the village in detail

Local Services and Information Sources

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

Details of houses for sale can be found at Rightmove
To find out the prices for which local properties  have been sold, go to Nethouseprices

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.

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

The local pub, the Golden Lion has unfortunately been closed for some time. However strenuous efforts are on hand to buy it for the community Details can be found at Ashton Hayes Community Hub Save the Golden Lion

Other local amenities can be found in Ashton Hayes's nearest neighbour Mouldsworth
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 01
928 and not 01829,

Other 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

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 Social Care

For 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 hospital.
The nearist GP Practice is Drs Adey and Dancy at the Tarporley Health Centre

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 Edward Timpson . His website includes information about the  Eddisbury Constituency, and contact details

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, 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

Local Business

Village Organizations


Local News

The Chester Chronicle Publishes News, Views, Pictures and Videos Relating to Ashton Hayes

Local Newspapers

Cheshire Live
Daily Post
Liverpool Echo
Manchester Evening News
Local Radio
BBC Radio Merseyside

Local Television
BBC North West Tonight: you can now see the latest edition online
Granada Television
National and International News
Links to Other Internnet News Sources
Links to Television and Radio
BBC Inside Out North West
BBC Where I Live: local news, entertainment and debate

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Compiled by Sylvia Milne (Chester, England)
Updated 12/05/2022
Links checked 12/05/22
© Sylvia Milne 1999-2022
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