However, the opening of the Sydney-Parramatta railway line that year, with Ashfield as one of its six original stations, led to a population explosion. Landmarks[ edit ] Location map of selected Ashfield landmarks For visitors passing through Ashfield along Parramatta Road, Liverpool Road or the railway line, the three main landmarks that stand out are the tower of the old Peek Frean Biscuit factory now Bunnings Warehouse on Parramatta Road, Wests Leagues Club on Liverpool Road next to the railway line and the Ashfield water reservoir in Holden Street to the south of the town centre. There is, however, recognition of the area's heritage with many buildings in the suburb protected by heritage orders.
It predates both Ashfield Park and Pratten Park having begun life in as a private cricket ground. In , two years of secondary school were added and the school became a Superior School but it wasn't until that Ashfield Boys High was formally established and separated from the primary school. By , the population had grown to 11, Along this strip, there are a few medium-sized office blocks, many street-level shops and Ashfield Mall, a shopping centre containing supermarkets , a discount department store and specialty shops. Several early council members are commemorated in local names. The first land grant in the area was made to Rev Richard Johnson in and all of it had been granted by For state elections, Ashfield is part of the Summer Hill electorate. In , they sold the building, which was knocked down and replaced with a cinema, and moved to their current site on the corner of Holden and Norton Streets. The trams were originally powered by steam, but were electrified in There is, however, recognition of the area's heritage with many buildings in the suburb protected by heritage orders. It also has three high schools: On Lapish Avenue on the western end of town still stands a street scape of five Art Deco Sydney Bungalow styled semi-detached pairs and a block of units at each end that were designed and built during World War II as speculative housing  the full history of the land has been meticulously research and documented. There are also tennis courts and a bowling club adjacent to the main oval. The Council's response was to start approving large blocks of flats, many of which were built during the s and s but which also continue to be built today. Thirning Villa, located within the park, is home to the Ashfield District Historical Society and an artist in residence sponsored by the local council. In he acquired another acres, which covered most of Ashfield. There is also a 25m indoor pool, a 10m novelties pool, and a 33m water polo pool which was refurbished in This building was demolished in the s to make way for Ashfield Mall and the current Council buildings. Ten per cent of people used buses for all or part of their journey while six percent walked and one percent rode a bike. By , the village had about 70 houses and residents. The area of the present Ashfield Park is part of acres granted to and bought by Henry Kable between and Another early grant in the area was made in to Lieutenant John Townson. The park, which is just over 6 hectares in area,  was proclaimed in when it was claimed at the time you could 'see all the way to Martin Place'. The De La Salle school was established in After building a small church further down Holden Street in , they returned to the School of Arts in which then became known as the Baptist Tabernacle.
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