Ford next to ash trees where a town took root
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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