Ashton-under-Lyne is a market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, England. Historically a part of Lancashire, it lies on the north bank of the River Tame, on undulating land at the foothills of the Pennines. Ashton (as it is often shortened to) is 3.8 miles south-southeast of Oldham and 6.1 miles north-northeast of Stockport.
There is evidence of prehistoric activity in the Ashton Moss-a 107 hectare peat bog. The Domesday Survey of 1086 does not mention Ashton, perhaps because only a partial study of the area had been taken. However, it is though that St Michaels Church, mentioned in the entry for the ancient parish of Manchester in the Domesday Survey was in Ashton.
In the late 19th century, public buildings such as the market hall, the town hall, the public library and public baths were built in Ashton.
Ashton railway station provides excellent links to the surrounding areas. It is also on the Huddersfield line between Manchester (Victoria) and Huddersfield.
Ashton has one of the busiest bus stations in all of Greater Manchester. Many buses go to the surrounding areas of Tameside, including Mossley, Stalybridge, Dukinfield, Hyde and Droylsden.
The M60 motorway cuts through the west end of Ashton, meaning the town is easily accesible by road.Ashton-under-Lyne town centre