Even ring road quiet in sedate town centre
The quiet market town braced for expansion
AS DEVELOPERS reshape the heart of Ashford with shopping, homes and road projects, we return to more peaceful days of the 1970s for this week’s pictures from the past. They provide bird’s-eye views of the town centre taken in November 1973 by photographer Ian Gambrill from Countrywide Photographic, who took to the air to record a view of the building of the original County Square (then called the Tufton Centre) that is currently being massively expanded.
The bottom of the picture shows the original Ashford Cattle Market still in operation and at the top the old Haywards garage on either side of New Street. It is interesting to note that the new ring road, much heralded then but heavily criticised in more recent times, has only a handful of vehicles sedately travelling along it. The second picture looking towards Kennington highlights the impact of the Charter office building in Park Street that 33 years ago, just like today, dominates the skyline. This and thousands of other old pictures of the town taken by Countrywide and Ashford photographic brothers George and Douglas Weaver, are now held in the archives by Ian and Sue Gambrill who run a photographic company
Reflections: Past and Present. They hold the copyright but prints can be ordered from them by phoning 0208 821107 or through their website www.reflections-images.co.uk
Ashford town centre in 1973 – the road has only a few vehicles travelling along it
The Charter House office block stands out in this view towards Kennington