Signs that old pubs won’t be for­got­ten

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In last week’s Re­mem­ber When I fea­tured three inn signs of some of the town’s long lost pub port­fo­lio that has some­what di­min­ished even fur­ther over the decades.

At one time, it was al­most as if there was a ‘lo­cal’ around ev­ery cor­ner for those in search of a swift half or a short, or as a so­cial point to meet friends.

I have been as­tounded over the years by the num­ber of emails sent from by what I can only de­scribe as thrilled read­ers, when fea­tur­ing im­ages of old Ash­ford, and last week’s fea­ture was no ex­cep­tion.

You can al­most de­tect the emo­tion in some of the emails with some say­ing that they never imag­ined that such pic­tures would ex­ist af­ter all th­ese years, think­ing that scenes of th­ese once fa­mil­iar land­marks had faded into in­fin­ity.

That’s why it is so im­por­tant to me to keep such mem­o­ries alive and why I am al­ways in search of im­agery of our vastly changed town.

I have re­cently ac­quired some pic­tures which are very rare and never been seen be­fore, de­pict­ing the town be­tween 1864 and 1895. Th­ese are some of the ear­li­est known pic­tures of the town. I will shortly be digi­tis­ing th­ese so that they can be fea­tured over the com­ing months.

So, due to pop­u­lar de­mand this week’s Re­mem­ber When fea­tures three more inn signs of the town’s long lost pubs. Thanks again are due to Ed­win Bartlett, from Ash­ford, for do­nat­ing th­ese 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, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ash­ford, TN24 8RY, email me at re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­mail.co.uk or fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford

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

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