Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Ashton-under-Lyne Memorial Gardens is an important greenspace in Ashton which surrounds the main War Memorial for Ashton-under-Lyne. The site lies to the East of the town centre and is bounded by Old Street, Crickets Lane North and Fraser Street. The Memorial Gardens consist of turfed areas, shrub planting and areas of spring and summer bedding. The War Memorial is listed Grade II and although the Gardens themselves are not separately listed they could be considered part of the curtilage of the listed building.
The Memorial in the centre of the Gardens was officially opened in September 1922 by General Sir Ian Hamilton and 22,000 people attended the opening ceremony. The plaques on the Memorial were to remember the lives of those who were lost during World War I. The Memorial was then adapted to those who were lost during World War II and then a further separate Memorial was added in 2010 to remember those who had lost their lives in conflict post 1945.
The Gardens are used by a variety of people for both quiet contemplation, remembering lost loved ones, as a walk through into the town centre and as a place to enjoy the range of shrubs and flowers. The site is maintained by the Council's Operations and Greenspace Service.