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Possibly the third most common spelling of Ashtead and Ashstead is Ashted, it was used frequently in the early 1800s for our village. e.g. Bowles's 1782 Post-Chaise Companion; or, Travellers Directory through England and Wales

Ashted was also a village in Warwickshire and is now absorbed into Birmingham city itself. Virtually all that remains is Ashtead Circus on the ring road, some locks and a tunnel as well as a church. Other churches, a barracks, a brewery, and roads have gone.
Just as our Ashtead was sometimes spelt Ashted, so, it seems, Ashted too has been Ashtead and in the book Our Brum - Volume 3 we're told it was spelt Ashstead too! It is not believed that there is a connection between the places, but in hunting for all things Ashtead we have come across things Ashted and include them here for your convenience.

The British Library has a book entitled Selection of Psalms and Hymns used by the congregations of St Mary's Chapel, Birmingham, and St James's Chapel, Ashtead. (Seventh edition.) published 1807 by Beilby, Knott, & Beilby: Birmingham. 404 pages

Many thanks to Andrew Spencer, see his excellent work on Birmingham Churches, for the following snippets

  1. In The Making of Victorian Birmingham, Victor Skipp, 1983, twice spells it Ashsted
  2. According to Mckenna's Birmingham Street Names the area was named after Dr John Ash, a physician who founded the General Hospital. His Attorney Brook later developed it into a desirable residential area
  3. However, John Sanders in his school history of Birmingham is more critical, claiming that Ash, having bought the land from the Holt family, erected a huge manor for himself and promptly went bust, moving back to London. The manor was demolished and the housing estate then built on the land.

For more information about Ashted see Heartlands Local History Society


George Mogridge, 17 February 1787, Ashted, Birmingham, England - 2 November 1854, Hastings, England

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Ashted Barracks was erected in 1792 after the Priestley Riots, aka Birmingham Riots, of the previous year.

The barracks remained until the 1930s.
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Breweries & Pubs

For Sayers Ashtead Brewery see What else is called Ashtead?

Ashted Brewery Co Ltd, Birmingham, Warwickshire Ashted Tavern on the corner of Henry Street and Ashted Row Benjamin Kelsey Ltd a brewery founded in 1859 and based at Ashted Row in Duddeston, Birmingham The Birmingham Vinegar Brewing Company Limited, Ashted Row Dog & Partridge on Ashted Row Holbrooks Ltd (Pure Malt Vinegar Brewers), Ashted Row Royal Oak, Ashted Row
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Ashted Flight consists of 6 locks (Ashted Locks), with Ashted Tunnel one lock from the northern end. There are some good pictures of it on the web including

Book cover: Canal City Souvenir Canal City Souvenir - an Introduction to the canals of Birmingham & the Black Country
Michael Pearson: Published 1998 by J.M. Pearson & Son, 48 pages, paperback, ISBN 0907864775
p12-13: Notes on the Locks and picture of the tunnel
Book cover: Canal City Souvenir Canal Tunnels - Looking at Inland Waterways
John Gaggs: Published 1978, 32 pages, paperback
Covers many tunnels including Ashted
Book cover: The Other Sixty Miles The Other Sixty Miles - A survey of the abandoned canals of Birmingham and the Black Country
Richard Chester-Browne: Published 1981 & 1991 by Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, 48 pages, paperback
p13: A map showing the Digbeth Branch with the 6 Ashted Locks and Tunnel
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Ashted Coaches of Stechford, Birmingham

Taken over by ? in 1966.
Ashted Coaches bought in November 1970 a 1956 PMT - Potteries Motor Traction Daimler double decker bus, CVG5 MCCW body, XVT 661, fleet number H6661
Ashted Coaches ticket Ashted Coaches ticket
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Ashted Rovers AFC

Played in Midland Combination Division 3 in 1981/82 season
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Joseph Cottrell, 176 Ashted Row

Herbert William Cottrell, 176 Ashted Row
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Roads & Places

My Life In Three Counties
H.W. Pooler: Published 1950 by Christopher Johnson, 247 pages, hardback
This book records the pilgrimage through life of the author during his life as a doctor in Shropshire, Staffordshire (Birmingham) and Derbyshire. It includes a map of Ashted and Vauxhall, c1835
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Ashted Working Men's Association

A Lecture on Astronomy - Delivered In The Town Hall, Birmingham, June 9th 1857
J.B. Podmore: Published 1858 by Cornish Brothers, 46 pages, hardback?
Published (By Request) for the benefit of Ashted Working Men's Association and School Improvements. Containing Important Communications From The Highest Authorities Upon The Expected Comet of 1556 To Which Is Added An Appendix, With Definitions, Diagrams, and Explanatory Notes.

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