St Michaels Parish Church is thought to have been founded by Sir John Assheton (died 1428), Member of Parliament and soldier.
Specific Location: Tameside
The gyst-ale, or guising feast, was an annual festival of the town of Ashton-under-Lyne. It appears from the rental of Sir John de Assheton, compiled a.d. 1422, that a sum of twenty shillings was paid to him as lord of the manor for the privilege of holding this feast by its then conductors.
In 1911, the following description of this ancient Ashton custom appeared in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4.