Views of a street not seen for 35 years

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Happy Ending After Puppies Stolen -

When you have an in­ter­est in lo­cal his­tory, such as I have with Ash­ford, you of­ten rely on the ef­forts and kind­ness of oth­ers to un­cover more ma­te­rial.

It is due to oth­ers’ kind­ness that I am alerted by many who con­tact me by let­ter or email when such finds of im­agery and doc­u­ments are made, and I al­ways end up keep­ing such ma­te­rial, pre­serv­ing it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Re­cently work­men at The Panorama, bet­ter known lo­cally as Char­ter House, uncovered three boxes of slides, the ear­li­est dat­ing back to the early 1970s.

They were found in the base­ment vaults of the for­mer min­ing fi­nance head­quar­ters and re­flect the chang­ing face of Ash­ford in that pe­riod and are in glo­ri­ous Tech­ni­color.

I am in­debted to those who hunt out ma­te­rial for me and make my in­ter­est that much more en­joy­able. I will al­ways ac­cept do­na­tions, in par­tic­u­lar photographs and slides.

I am grad­u­ally digi­tis­ing ev­ery­thing so that even­tu­ally, an online record will be pro­duced for all to see.

This week Re­mem­ber When ven­tures back to the 1970s, look­ing at some slides of the town cen­tre which have not seen the light of day for more than 35 years.

Have you any photographs or slides that you would be will­ing to lend to me, to en­able them to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press? Please don’t de­lay, get in touch!

Write to me at Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR.

Email me at re­mem­ber­when_ kmash@hot­ or find me on Twit­ter @ SteveKMAsh­ford.

Or you can also leave a tele­phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

Please sup­ply a re­turn ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

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