Days of nosebags and damp gabardine macs
THIS week our pictures from the past come from almost six decades ago when horse power was still a familiar form of transport in the rural areas around Ashford. One shows a shire and wagon preparing to carry countryfolk on a tour of Coldharbour Farm at Wye in 1950 when they were dressed to face the inclement weather that year. The second photograph was taken at the annual May Fair on Tenterden Recreation ground that was always packed with quality farm animals that had been driven through the town’s streets for the sales. Among the buyers in 1950 was buyer Harry Huggett from Ashford who caused considerable interest by arriving on his splendid horse and trap. The pictures were taken by Ashford photographic brothers George and Douglas Weaver, but they are now held in the archives of Sue and Ian Gambrill, who hold the copyright. Prints can be purchased by logging on to www.reflectionsimages.co.uk Our third picture this week comes from the collection of Melanie Pentecost from Hythe Road, Ashford. It was taken by her father Edward Dray in Hythe Road near the junction with Romney Road, Willesborough, during the great snow fall of 1947 that caused major disruption in the Ashford area.
Do you have any pictures from the past that you would be willing to share with readers? If so send them with brief details to Mike Bennett, Kentish Express Remember When, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8JR.
Tenterden May Fair in 1950
This picture was taken at Coldharbour Farm, Wye in 1950
Hythe Road, Willesborough, in the snow in 1947