Town of Ashton-under-Lyne
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.
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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 23).
Regular rail services on the Huddersfield Line between Manchester's Victoria Station and Huddersfield stop at Charlestown railway station in the town centre of Ashton-under-Lyne.
Official Town of Ashton-under-Lyne website: www.tameside.gov.uk