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Ashton-in-Makerfield is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. It is situated 4.2mi south of Wigan, 7mi north-northwest of Warrington, 15.1mi east-northeast of Liverpool and 16mi west of the city of Manchester. In 2001 it had a population of 28,505.Historically a part of Lancashire, Ashton-in Makerfield was anciently a township in the parish of Newton- in Makerfield ( as Newton le Willows was once known) Winwick and hundred of West Derby. With neighbouring Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield was a chapelry, but the two were split in 1845. The place has long been a centre for the manufacture of locks and hinges, but also sits on the Lancashire Coalfield, and so was a coal mining district.HistoryEtymologyThe name Ashton derives from Old English and means the "farmstead where the ash-trees grow"; it is a common name and is found locally in Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside and Ashton upon Mersey in Trafford. The town's name was recorded as Eston in 1212. Later, the suffix "in-Makerfield" was added, which relates the name of an old district of which Ashton was a part; Makerfield derives from the Celtic for a wall or ruin and the Old English word feld, meaning "open land".
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