Days of nose­bags and damp gabar­dine macs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Mike Ben­nett

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

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