A look at the town from a different angle
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_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow me on Twitter @SteveKMAshford
Or you can also leave a telephone message for me with brief details by calling 01233 623232.