Glimpses of life be­fore Ring­way rev­o­lu­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals -

With mem­o­ries of old Ash­ford still fresh and clear, it’s al­ways won­der- ful to have that ac­com­pa­ny­ing pho­to­graph to il­lus­trate the sub­ject.

Those pic­tures are out there and over the last 29 years, I have been lucky enough to source many of them.

It’s not al­ways been an easy task and has taken up huge amounts of time, but when one sees how plea­sur­able im­agery can be, it makes one more de­ter­mined to do that ex­tra bit of re­search and come up with the goods.

I of­ten won­der how I could find more pic­tures as old Ash­ford through the lens of a cam­era al­ways ex­cites me enor­mously and I am con­stantly do­ing the ground­work to search out those pic­ture gems for you the reader, not only for Re­mem­ber When but also for my books too.

We re­turn to the pic­tures taken by Robert Mowl this week.

Mr Mowl took them as part of his job dur­ing the pre and post Ring­way days.

This week’s pic­tures are from 1971 and 1972 re­spec­tively and re­flect only many of the town’s ab­sent fea­tures and streets.

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 email to, re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­

Please sup­ply a re­turn ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

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