Sur­prised by how town has changed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants -

When you talk to mem­bers of the older gen­er­a­tion, it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to get a snap­shot of the past. For some­where that has al­tered as con­sid­er­ably as Ash­ford, one for­gets how things used to be and can of­ten be shocked by im­ages of days gone by. Of­ten we for­get many of the town’s iden­ti­fy­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics such as shops, build­ings and lo­cal land­marks and the way au­thor­i­ties up and down the coun­try con­tinue to toss our im­por­tant and wor­thy her­itage aside, soon there will not be any­thing left of sig­nif­i­cance. As a his­to­rian, one is of­ten dis­mayed that lessons have still not been learnt. Luck­ily, one part of our town’s her­itage that we all hope will never be de­stroyed is the his­tor­i­cal Lower High Street where the mar­ket orig­i­nated, as de­picted in the lo­cally fa­mous paint­ing by artist Ge­orge Shep­herd. This week, Re­mem­ber When, ven­tures back to 1980 for three views of the Lower High Street that many read­ers will re­mem­ber well.

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, please 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 . You can even send me a Tweet on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford. Please sup­ply a re­turn ad­dress for the re­turn of any orig­i­nals.

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