How many have you had a pint in?
What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, one thing many of us will be forever grateful to them for is effectively creating the good old British pub.
The public house dates back to Roman times when the introduction of their road system to these shores saw inns open, often at intersections, offering weary travellers refreshment and lodging.
But as we reported last month, pubs currently face an uphill struggle to survive, with 26 locals across the UK closing each week.
There was a time in Ashford town centre when it wouldn’t have been possible to walk more than 100 yards without passing a pub. Not so today.
In the last 50 or so years the number of pubs in and around Ashford town centre has more than halved.
Among the pubs that have called time for the final time are (year of closure in brackets):
The Greyhound, New Street (1961)
The Queen’s Head, East Hill (1968)
The UK has around 60,000 pubs, which employ around 600,00 people
Six country pubs close each week
The Red Lion is the most common pub name in the UK
More than 15 million people in the UK visit a pub at least once a week
Do you have any special memories of the pubs that have disappeared? Write to Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford TN24 8JR or email email@example.com
The Somerset Arms, North Street (1972)
The British Flag, Forge Lane (1972)
The Coach and Horses, Hempsted Street (1972)
The Duke of Marlborough, East Hill (1972)
The Wellington Hotel, Hempsted Street (1972)
The Park Hotel, Wolseley Road (1973)
The Lord Roberts, North Street (1974)
The Market Hotel, Bank Street (1975)
The Zodiac, Godinton Road, County Square (1989)
The Elephant and Castle, Apsley Street (1992)
The Trumpeter, Somerset Road (1992)
The Invicta, Hempsted Street (1993)
The Castle Hotel , (Upper) High Street (1997)
The Victoria, Beaver Road (1998)
The Prince Albert, New Street (2008)
The Farriers Arms, Mersham (it closed in 2009 but reopened after refurbishment that November)
South Eastern Tavern, Torrington Road (2009)
The Churchill, Canterbury Road, South Willesborough (2011)
Railway Hotel, Appledore (2012)
The Oranges, Apsley Street (2012)