Rare gems show town dig­ging in for vic­tory

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of im­ages – thus mak­ing my ar­chive even big­ger.

I am in­debted to the kind­ness of such in­di­vid­u­als and read­ers who read­ily think of me when dis­cov­er­ing old pho­to­graphs.

It’s al­ways fan­tas­tic to un­cover rare pic­tures show­ing Ash­ford dur­ing a pre­vi­ous era, and we dis­play three such im­ages here.

Some­times when re­search­ing you get quiet pe­ri­ods where you do not source im­ages from one week to the next. But a cou­ple of weeks back, I was kindly do­nated a large num­ber You know who you are, so thank you from the bot­tom of my heart.

I am cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of digi­tis­ing my ar­chive, some­thing which I have wanted to do for a while, and many who have seen my photo col­lec­tion are ex­tremely keen for this to hap­pen. Once I have done this, I would like to cre­ate a web­site to dis­play them se­curely for all to see and to pre­serve them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Among the huge haul of do­nated im­ages were the pic­tures fea­tured this week, and I haven’t stopped look­ing at them since ob­tain­ing them.

They all date back to 1942 and are all scarce and very rare im­ages of the town dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

In all my years of re­search­ing, I could only dream of find­ing these gems, and now my dream has come true.

Do you have any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to loan to me, to en­able them to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press? If so, please write to me: Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR; email me at re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­mail.co.uk; or fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford.

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

High Street and North Street, 1942: A fan­tas­tic pic­ture show­ing the High Street at its junc­tion with North Street in 1942 in the mid­dle of the Sec­ond World War. This rare view shows the splen­did Fifty Shilling Tailors at the cor­ner of the street, with Ash­ley Rus­sell’s drap­ery store and cafe above. Note the style of dress and the pres­ence of Army per­son­nel on the left. Some fa­mil­iar names, such as Headley the gro­cer and De­whurst the butcher, ex­ist here fur­ther down on the right.

Lower High Street: Another image from the same year, look­ing up the Lower High Street from its junc­tion with East Hill. The va­cant premise of Han­dover Broth­ers, the tailors, can be seen on the im­me­di­ate left with its taped win­dows pos­si­bly con­sis­tent with wartime pre­cau­tions. Fur­ther along on the left, ladies could get a ‘per­ma­nent’ wave in their hair for just 12 shillings and 6 pence. A pub­lic bomb shel­ter can be seen out­side the Odeon Cin­ema fur­ther up the street.

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