Houchin was a family company, set up in London in 1921, which moved to Ashford after the Second World War.
It was acquired by the ITW GSE Group in 2005, with its Ashford site, manufacturing aviation equipment, located in Hilton Road, Cobbs Wood.
The sports field was used by company employees for many years.
A photograph from 1990 shows, bottom left, the Houchin’s sports and social club, which later burnt down. At the top is Bybrook Barn garden centre, with Bybrook barn to the right