Lying under the Pennine hills, Ashton-under-Lyne is the location of the
administrative centre for the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside and has a
total population of 43,236.
Ashton-under-Lyne lies 11 km. (7 miles) east of Manchester
city centre. The River Tame forms part of the southern boundary of Ashton,
while the River Medlock runs to the west of the town and both the Ashton and
Peak Forest Canals are routed through the town.
Ashton's growth occurred from the early 19th century, during the Industrial
Revolution, with the development of cotton mills and coal mines.
Ashton-under-Lyne was incorporated as a parliamentary borough in 1832 and a
municipal borough with an elected council in 1847 under the Municipal
Corporations Act 1835.
The M60 motorway, cuts through the west end of Ashton-under-Lyne (Junction
Regular rail services on the Huddersfield Line between Manchester's Victoria
Station and Huddersfield stop at Charlestown railway station in the town centre