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Original message (posted by tonker)
So, Ray, - the Ashton Stocks Charity purchased a 'sub-lease' in 1720 (on behalf of the poor of Ashton).
Then Lord Gerrard has a tithe map drafted in 1835 (some 115 years later) showing the land to be tenanted by 'the poor of Ashton', although 'the poor of Ashton' are represented, in trust, by the Ashton Stocks Charity.

The only problem I can see here is that Wigan Council might lay claim to it all. They already have themselves as officiating and have nominated seven of their own councillors as trustees.

Now then, Wigan Council only have authority over a percentage of the 'Ancient Township of Ashton in Makerfield'.
So maybe the land would be safer if St.Helens Council, who hold authority over a substantial section of the 'Ancient Township of Ashton in Makerfield', were to be included by way of having a percentage of the trustees nominated from their section of Ashton ie: Garswood / Pewfall / Downall Green.

As it is, the charity covers poor people in the St.Helens section of Ashton just as much as in the Wigan Borough section.

The matter would have to be taken up with the charity commission.

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