A look at the town from a dif­fer­ent an­gle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Over the decades, as well as the town be­ing pho­tographed from the ground, it has reg­u­larly been pho­tographed from the air.

The re­sult­ing pho­tog­ra­phy of­ten gives a rare in­sight into how the town­scape and its sur­round­ings look. Many pho­tog­ra­phers of the past, such as the late Ian Gam­brill of Coun­try­wide, Sky­fo­tos (later Fotoflite) and a num­ber of oth­ers, have been brave enough to ven­ture into the air by he­li­copter to cap­ture unique pho­tog­ra­phy of the area.

I over­came my fear of fly­ing many years ago, but I am not sure whether I would have the brav­ery of Mr Gam­brill, who told me he went to the top of the tower crane for the Tufton Shop­ping Centre (lat­terly County Square) in the early 1970s.

Not quite as ex­treme as a he­li­copter, but still quite a huge un­der­tak­ing.

Aerial pho­tog­ra­phy was used ex­ten­sively by the en­emy dur­ing the war years to as­cer­tain prime tar­gets. In Ash­ford’s case, it is as­sumed that the one-time rail­way works was iden­ti­fied by such means, see­ing it took a di­rect hit which re­sulted in loss of life.

To­day, aerial pho­tog­ra­phy is in­creas­ingly used for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses. Of­ten 3D im­pres­sions of the way a new build­ing will look upon com­ple­tion can be cre­ated from this medium.

This week’s Re­mem­ber When takes a look at some ex­am­ples of aerial pho­tog­ra­phy of the town dur­ing the 1920s, which show a num­ber of fa­mil­iar sites around the town.

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

Please don’t de­lay, get in touch!

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

Email 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.

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