Bl­iz­zards left vil­lages cut off

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

THE first flakes of snow have rekin­dled mem­o­ries for many of the days when this cor­ner of east Kent reg­u­larly suf­fered ma­jor bl­iz­zards.

Many win­ters left iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties such as Hast­in­gleigh and Elm­sted high on the Downs above Wye cut off for days as snow­drifts blocked the roads.

Our pic­tures this week show­ing scenes from half a cen­tury ago were taken by Ash­ford pho­tog­ra­pher broth­ers Ge­orge and Dou­glas Weaver.

They come from the archives of Re­flec­tions: Im­ages Past and Present, who hold the copy­right, but prints are avail­able from Sue Gam­brill on 01752 851126.

They fea­ture the first fall of the sea­son at Hast­in­gleigh and aban­doned ve­hi­cles be­side the A20 at Char­ing in 1958.

Walk­ers work­ing out their best route on the Downs above Wye dur­ing the 1958 bl­iz­zards

Aban­doned ve­hi­cles be­side the A20 at Char­ing in 1958

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