Gone forever – the oast lost to flats
Resident is outraged as historic link broken
A BIRD spotter has described the demolition of a historic building and “environmental oasis” as a tragedy.
Singleton Oast, in Tithe Barn Lane, Singleton, has been demolished to make way for nine apartments and a play area.
Reader Anthony Dunstan, of Blue Field, Singleton, took the picture below of the demolition, which he says has cost Ashford a piece of its history.
“There is the manor house, the barn, which is now the pub and the oast house and across the road there is an old water mill. At one time they would have grown crops and hops in Singleton and brought them to the oast house and kept them in the barn. Now this link is lost.
“I am amazed that people can let a thing of historic interest disappear. Perhaps the people of Ashford are so used to development, they don’t realise.”
Mr Dunstan is also concerned about the environmental aspect.
“I logged 24 species of birds there in one year and then there are the ducklings and drakes on the pond which will be lost. It is an environmental oasis.
“When I moved from London to Ashford three years ago I thought I was moving somewhere more rural and I am shocked.”
Anthony Dunstan next to the area where the oast previously stood
The demolition of the historic Singleton Oast which is making way for new apartments and a play area