Last or­ders as our pubs faced ‘progress’

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Ash­ford has had its fair share of pubs come and go over the decades, with many of us fall­ing out of love with li­censed premises.

That’s par­tic­u­larly true of those fa­mil­iar haunts in Ash­ford that many of us used to fre­quent, with the town cen­tre ‘lo­cal’ now some­what of a dy­ing breed. The coun­try pub is still a sur­vivor, but in cen­tral Ash­ford many have ei­ther closed or fallen into dis­re­pair, or been con­verted for res­i­den­tial use or have been de­mol­ished with the lat­ter a com­mon fac­tor dur­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment days of the 1970s.

It has been heav­ily doc­u­mented over the years that the town lost many pubs in the name of progress, with many de­mol­ished be­tween 1970 and 1980 for de­vel­op­ments such as the Ring­way, the Tufton Cen­tre and Char­ter House.

Upon speak­ing to some of my old cus­tomers in the days when I worked be­hind the bar of nu­mer­ous town cen­tre pubs, they would tell me of their up­set and dis­may at the num­ber of pop­u­lar pubs that closed and dis­ap­peared in such a short space of time.

One might be left with mem­o­ries of a par­tic­u­lar pub’s in­te­rior or ex­te­rior, but how many of us re­mem­ber those fa­mil­iar pub signs that once hung out­side the pubs of yes­ter­year?

Of­ten it’s the last thing you look at when walk­ing in to have a drink or when leav­ing the premises.

It’s more im­por­tant to watch where you are walk­ing de­pend­ing on how many pints you’ve had!

This week, Re­mem­ber When re­turns to the splen­did pho­to­graphs re­cently do­nated by Ed­win Bartlett of Ash­ford and looks at some of the long lost inn signs that once adorned out long lost lo­cals.

Do you have any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to lend me, to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ex­press?

Write to me, Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR, email me at re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­ or fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford

You can also leave a phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

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

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