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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford’s Lost Pubs -

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 ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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)

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