Magnificent pub sacrificed for ring road
In last week’s paper, Remember When we took a sentimental look back at the inn signs of three of Ashford’s long-lost pubs and regular haunts for generations of Ashfordians. Speaking to those who remember the loss of these one-time and long-standing community features, there is still much dismay about their disappearance – even 45 years later.
In the current economic climate many of these once bustling licensed premises would have been no more anyway, but in the case of pubs like the former British Volunteer, many of these venues had rich and full histories and were situated in landmark buildings which warranted their retention. Many of these had been historic coaching inns back in the day such as the aforementioned Volunteer and the now derelict Prince Albert in New Street (formerly the Prince of Orange and Prince Albert as two separate inns).
One lost local that entices many comments is the onetime Watney’s house – The Duke of Marlborough that was located at the top of East Hill and at the junction of Wellesley Road and Station Road. One of the most attractive pubs of its era, the Marlborough, with its roundel corner, was sacrificed for the Ringway project in the early 1970s when the road was being widened at that point. The other pubs lost during these times all had their own merits as historic buildings, but the Marlborough was a key part of the town, for many years on the main route from Ashford to the coast. You can guarantee that many Ashfordians and those passing through will remember the building.
This week’s trio of pictures reflect on the Duke of Marlborough’s demise in the early 1970s. Many thanks to Edwin Bartlett of Ashford for this week’s splendid images.
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