Mag­nif­i­cent pub sac­ri­ficed for ring road

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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.

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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