‘Quaint little town’ on brink of change
“A quaint little town with elements of the countryside within” someone once said to me as a 10-year-old boy and
In a town like Ashford, it is great to look back at such a vastly different town to the Ashford we all know today.
You could have in previous times looked at Ashford as an ‘old-fashioned’ little town and many still make references to how they saw the town as a some pictures in my archive depict elements of such a reference where others depict degrees of change from mild to moderate. Where Ashford is concerned ‘moderate’ has often been controversial.
This week we continue our look at some more extremely rare images taken by Robert Mowl who photographed areas of the town as part of his job, earmarked for dramatic redevelopment during the early-1970s.
Remember When ventures back to 1971 and 1972, again taking a rare look at some more images of the town during and before the Ringway development. The images illustrate the ‘missing link’ of images depicting the controversial project.
Have you got any pictures, negatives or colour slides; in particular from the past 100 years, that you would be willing to share with readers? If so, send them with brief details, to Steve Salter, Kentish Express Remember When, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8JR or by e-mail to rememberwhen_kmash@ hotmail.co.uk
Please supply a return address for the return of originals.
New Rents junction with Forge Lane, 1971 An extremely rare view showing the former premises of Record Corner prior to their moving to the more familiar High Street premises which later became the home of Our Price. The illustrated premises originally the site of Lewis and Co.’s store established by George Alexander Lewis which latterly expanded to become Lewis and Hyland moving further down the street. The illustrated premises were demolished for the Ringway.