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A Historic Look at Ashton Woodenbridge, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Ashton Woodenbridge, PA, sponsor this article to present detailed information about the neighborhood.

Ashton Woodenbridge is a neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The charming area is located in ZIP codes 19114 and 19154. Spanning across 5.083 miles, Ashton Woodenbridge hosts a population density of 9,213 per square mile.


Originally farmland, Ashton Woodenbridge was part of the holdings of Thomas Holme, the first survey general for Pennsylvania and surveyor for Philadelphia's founder, William Penn.

The neighborhood was named "Ashton Woodenbridge" in the 1970s to honor the Ashton family, who were early settlers in 1653, before William Penn.

Until the 1854 Act of Consolidation, the area was part of one of the original townships, Lower Dublin Township. The Sct of Consolidation incorporated the area into the greater city of Philadelphia.

Thomas Holmes, upon his death, emancipated his slaves, and many of the descendants owe land in the area. You can still find remnants of their community near previously called Harrisburg and present-day Holme Circle. There are also historical remnants in the Bethany A.M.E. Church located on Ashton Road and the oldest African American church.

In the 1960s, the area still showed similar to its farmland roots, active farms surrounded the area, and horse-drawn carriages frequently served as local transit during the cold weather seasons. The carriages mainly worked to transport workers from the steep Ashton Road to the bus stop in Holmes Circle.

Today, the Joseph Ashton Farms is now called the Torresdale Filter Plant, and the area is still served by the freight railroad.


Ashton Woodenbridge is found on the eastern side of the far northeast of Pennsylvania. The area is in the vicinity of the Northeast Philadelphia Airport, the general aviation reliever airport for Philadelphia International.

The area is west of the neighborhood Academy Gardens and south of Pennypack Park, a municipal park belonging to the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system.

While the name "Ashton Woodenbridge" was claimed to honor the Ashton family, the term "Woodenbridge" comes from Wooden Bridge Run, a creek that flows through the north of the area, a tributary of Pennypack Creek.


The racial and ethnic demographics of Ashton Woodenbridge are as follows:

  • 72.5% White
  • 9.6% Hispanic or Latino
  • 9.2% Black
  • 4.1% Asian
  • 1.9% Two or More Races
  • 1.2% Other
  • 1.0% American Indian
  • 0.6% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

As of 2019, the median household income in Ashton Woodenbridge was $67,172, and the median rent was $999. In Ashton Woodenbridge, 46.5% of households are familial households which are slightly higher than the average for Philadelphia (40.6%). The average household size in Ashton WoodenBridge (4.4 people) is significantly higher than the Philadelphia average (2.5 people).

The percentage of residents in Ashton Woodenbridge who were born in another country is relatively low (1.6%) compared to the percentage of people in Philadelphia (4.2%). More people who live in Ashton Woodenbridge were born in the state (80.2%) than in Philadelphia (64.4%).

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 10, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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