‘Quaint lit­tle town’ on brink of change

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dif­fer­ent time.

“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.

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