Un­usual look at town in the 19th cen­tury

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Over the years, I have in­her­ited and ac­quired many gems in the way of pho­to­graphs of the town as it used to be.

Last year I was given four sub­stan­tial al­bums of pho­to­graphs, which I would even­tu­ally like to put into a book.

The rare pic­tures were taken in the 1800s by, I be­lieve, a pho­tog­ra­pher called Her­bert Crosoer.

The al­bums were given to my good friend, the late Richard Filmer, al­most 40 years ago by Mr Crosoer’s an­ces­tors. They came from Richard with lim­ited in­for­ma­tion, on the un­der­stand­ing that I would look af­ter them and en­joy them upon his death.

Richard sadly lost his bat­tle with can­cer in May 2017. Sadly, although it was Richard’s in­ten­tion to pro­vide as much in­for­ma­tion as he could, his fal­ter­ing health would not al­low.

I am hugely in­debted to him for his kind­ness over the years, and in this case giv­ing over th­ese pic­tures.

Th­ese ex­cel­lent al­bums con­tain scores of Ashford views, taken to the high­est qual­ity but also fea­ture views across Kent.

It is my in­ten­tion to digi­tise each im­age in their orig­i­nal for­mat to pre­serve the splen­did im­ages for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, some­thing I started at the be­gin­ning of the year.

This week, Re­mem­ber When fea­tures three of th­ese ex­cel­lent im­ages which were taken be­tween 1834 and 1894.

Have you any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to loan to me, to en­able them to be scanned for pos­si­ble fea­ture in the Ken­tish Ex­press? Please get in touch.

Write to me: Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ashford, Kent. TN24 8RY.

E-mail me: re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@hot­mail.co.uk

Fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford.

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

The Old Ceme­tery in Can­ter­bury Road, Ashford, as it looked in 1864

Bar­row Hill’s junc­tion with Maid­stone Road and West­ern Av­enue in 1894, show­ing the for­mer Na­tional School on the left

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