Bulldozers reduced homes to rubble
ASHFORD town centre road works have been a hot topic of debate for decades. The focus today may be on the shared space development and lighting in the Elwick Road and Forge Lane areas but back at the start of the 1970s the spotlight was on developing the north section of the ring road that has effectively now been abandoned. Our pictures from the past this week come from Kennington historian Steve Salter and were taken in 1971. The first two show Somerset Road looking towards Mace Lane showing the demolition of properties for the construction of the Charter House office block and homes being bulldozed and cleared for the road widening. The third picture looks from Somerset Road towards North Street with the old Trumpeter public house seen on the right.
HAVE you got any pictures from the past 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
Demolition for the widening of Somerset Road Ashford in 1971