Deposited by Mr. Tim Milligan, godson of Sir John, consisting of his diaries, letters and poems, as well as an early case file and minor documents. Ashworth was born in 1906 and was educated at Winchester and Christ Church. He was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1930 and during the War served in the Intelligence Corps. He was mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1944. He was appointed Treasury Solicitor in 1950 and became Chancellor successively of the Dioceses of Rochester, London and Lichfield but he gave these up when he became a puisne judge of the Queen’s Bench Division in 1954. He was Chairman of the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions from 1963 to 1971 and presiding judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit from 1970 to 1974. He died in office in 1975.