Ford next to ash trees where a town took root

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

EV­ERY now and then when Kirstyn and I are do­ing our break­fast show, we touch on a sub­ject that sparks off much dis­cus­sion and de­bate. The best re­sponse we have is when we talk all things nos­tal­gic. We love it. In my col­umn re­cently, I touched on old pubs and your feed­back was astro­nom­i­cal. This time, our dear friend and award winning multi-me­dia jour­nal­ist Sarah Mar­shall pointed me in the di­rec­tion of a let­ter she re­ceived from a gen­tle­man dis­cussing Trum­pet Bridge. Ap­par­ently, the ac­tual place that gave our town its name. First and fore­most, I had ab­so­lutely no idea where said bridge was and se­condly, I was dis­gusted with my­self for my lack of knowl­edge in some­thing I pride my­self in – that be­ing our town’s his­tory. I could have done two things at this junc­ture. One, re­search it like any self-re­spect­ing “colum­nist” would do, or two – and my pre­ferred op­tion – ask our won­der­ful lis­ten­ers who al­ways come up trumps and once again didn’t let me down. Ba­si­cally, Ash­ford is a rel­a­tively com­mon English place name. It goes back to an old English term in­di­cat­ing a ford near a clump of ash trees. The orig­i­nal ford from which we took our name lies within the parish of Christ Church at Trum­pet Bridge in Beaver Road. So there you have it, it’s of­fi­cial. Now, just in case you’re still a lit­tle puz­zled as to where it is, then come down Beaver Road from Home­plus (the old B&Q or, in­deed, the old cin­ema) and just be­fore you take the next left into where Ken­gate and Aladdin’s fancy dress hire is based, there it is. I hope you’re stay­ing with me on this! So, back to the let­ter from a Pete Sim­mons, who is ba­si­cally say­ing, that he doesn’t un­der­stand why there isn’t any kind of “blue plaque” hang­ing there to in­di­cate this amaz­ing fact. Well Pete, I’m right be­hind you mate. Let’s turn it into a beauty spot and com­mem­o­rate such a his­toric land­mark. And while we’re at it, let’s come up with some more “blue plaque” spots. Bloom­ing Lon­don has them all over the place, so why can’t we? This is where you come in. Let me know WHERE you think we should cel­e­brate, or in­deed WHO we should cel­e­brate.

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Don’t miss kmfm Ash­ford’s break­fast show with Kirstyn and Webbo, ev­ery week­day from 7am un­til 11am on 107.6fm.

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