Putting town’s his­tory back in the pic­ture

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As some read­ers may al­ready be aware, the time has come for me to re­lease my new book il­lus­trat­ing the pic­to­rial his­tory of the town.

Ash­ford – Vis­ual Recol­lec­tions, my ninth book, con­tains an un­ri­valled col­lec­tion of im­ages de­pict­ing the chang­ing face of the town from the 1950s to the 1980s and is guar­an­teed to ap­peal to all with an in­ter­est in his­tory.

It’s a mix­ture of rare im­ages il­lus­trat­ing the town within liv­ing mem­ory that have never be­fore been pub­lished.

My of­fi­cial launch of the book will be held on Satur­day at Water­stones in County Square.

I will be there sign­ing books for Christmas from 10am till close. Please come along and say hello.

Equally, if you have any old pic­tures or slides that you think would be of in­ter­est, please bring them too.

One cus­tomer from last year’s sign­ing event kindly do­nated the colour slides fea­tured in this new book.

A huge thank you to Edwin Bartlett, from Ash­ford, for your kind as­sis­tance and for hav­ing the fore­sight to take the pic­tures in the first place.

It was 14 years ago that my first book, Chang­ing Ash­ford, was pub­lished by Sut­ton Pub­lish­ing Limited in Glouces­ter­shire.

Nine books later, peo­ple ask me: “Is there re­ally that much to write about old Ash­ford?” Well yes, there is. Since my first book, I am known to con­cen­trate on the 1940s to the 1980s and there is good rea­son for this.

My good friend and men­tor Richard Filmer, who passed away in May, pre-dated me as an au­thor of many splen­did books about the town.

In 1983, Richard’s first book, Old Ash­ford, was pub­lished. His fo­cus in this and his other books was from the 1800s through to the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Whilst I have re­searched th­ese eras of the town’s his­tory, it was out of my re­spect for him that I chose not to repli­cate or com­pete with his work.

Richard men­tored me from the age of 10 about the town. To­day, I ben­e­fit from his archive of which he gave to me.

Tes­ti­mony to his kind­ness and long-stand­ing friend­ship, I have ded­i­cated the book to him.

This week’s trio of im­ages are among those fea­tured in the new book.

Do you have you any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to lend me, to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ken­tish 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 find me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford.

Or you can also leave a tele­phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232. Please sup­ply a re­turn ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

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