Godinton Road 1908, Ashford
Memories of Godinton Road 1908, Ashford
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I remember the old tank; there used to be a place at the back of it where we used to get a cup of coffee or coke and listen to the jukebox - that was in the early 60's. I also remember when the high street had two way traffic with double decker buses going to and fro.
I remember when I was nursing at Ashford, Hothfield and Willesborough hospitals. We use to have to go to the Warren for some lessons. I can still remember my shock at seeing rows of `Iron Lungs` that were no longer in use. Also seeing the mortuary which was so tiny and had just wooden slates for the bodies. The house was beautiful and I remember how grand it all seemed way back then.
This is the first time that I have seen what the old hospital looked like since leaving in 1969. I loved my days working at the hospital as a young nurse. The nurses home was to the right of this picture and some of the matrons offices were to the right. Happy days and happy memories.
Roman Catholic Church 1908 60333p
This photo was taken from Western Avenue when it was a through road from Godington Road. Western Avenue was turned into a Cul-de-Sac when National Schools were replaced by new buildings in the 1990s and the road closed to through traffic.
Poyners Nursery East Hill Ashford Kent
When this building was sold and demolished by Ashford School, the site was turned into a Tennis court with a igh steel net fence placed along East Hill to prevent balls landing in the road or hitting pedestrians. It was only when this was not found to be effective ( could it be the girls tried on purpose to hit their balls over the the higher net ?) was it then turned into a car park.
ASHFORD COTTAGE HOSPITAL
RE Photo 60335 - Sorry, but this photo is of the building that replaced the original Hospital built (circa 1890) in Station Road (formerly Marsh Street) a few doors from the Baptist Church and next to the town's Gas Works. The new Hospital was built as it was considered that the smell of gas was not conducive to the health of the patients! The building in Warren Lane was the Isolation Hospital and it stood derelect for many years before being demolished to make way for the building of the M20 Motorway in the 1980s This building in the photo still stands and is used as offices and the old gas works was acquired by the well known local builders C. I. Epps and Sons before being demolished to extend the main town centre car park in the 1970s.
Sanatorium, The Warren
I don't have a memory of the Warren, but I would love to hear from somebody, who has got a photo, or just memories of the sanatorium, that used to be down the very end of the Warren. M20 now runs right through where it used to be. Thank you
My Dad's name was Vernon (Nonny) Marsh and we lived for years at 6 Sandyhurst Lane before moving into Ashford to Sackville Crescent. The Hare and Hounds was, for better or worse, and bless him it was sometimes worse, his local pub. My Mum's name was Joan. Does anyone remember us?
We lived literally round the corner in 27 Sackville Crescent. I remember when I was about 12 I fell over on my roller skates and hurt my arm. When it still hurt the next day, my mum, who thought I was making a fuss about nothing, said if it hurts, go to the hospital - so I did! And it transpired that I had a greenstick fracture of my forearm and they put me in plaster for eight weeks ! So there!
The Old Fogge Family Residence in 1454
This is the old family house of Sir John Fogge, much of it has been rebuilt over the years and it is now in the hands of developers so we will watch to see it being restored and given a useful purpose in the community.
We are descended from this family, my mother was a Fogg. We are now in the process of reseaching the lives listed in the old 'Pedigree of the Fogge'
East Hill Old Cotts
I visited the nursery quite a lot, we knew the people who work there. I was only ten years old. I remembered the pub up the road, Duke of Marlborough. Where have the good memories gone, from Malcolm Read.
i can remember visiting this nursery on east hill. It belonged to my grandfather and I spent many happy days going around the plants with him, I remember him growing yellow tomatoes. His two elderly sisters lived in the cottage. Can anyone else remember this nursery it was demolished in the 60's and was made a car park.
Stanhope Primary School
I have really good memories of going to Stanhope Primary School along Kingsnorth Road, Ashford. Are there any old photos of the school? I know it has been pulled down.. such a beautiful old building.
'Ashford County School For Girls'
Please can someone advise...Was 'Ashford County School for Girls' the girls grammar school? There was also the High School wasn't there? Many thanks!
Toffee Apple Man
Does anyone remember the toffee apple man? He used to push a bike around with a tray on the front, crammed with toffee apples, always rang a hand bell so you knew he was on his way.
Santas Sleigh Lorry
Does anyone remember the lorry that used to tour Ashford in December, that was decorated as Santa's sleigh? Santa used to sit on it and they used to collect money for charity - any pictures?
51 Hempstead Street
I was born in Dover, but my mum was Welsh and we moved back to her home town when I was small. However, every year we would visit my dad's relatives in Kent (mainly Ashford). My Auntie Nell ran a flower shop here and I remember the smell of flowers and pickles. I loved my visits there. Ashford was beautiful to me and I loved the market there. I have since discovered that they were my grand aunts and uncles - it had been a family run business for many years and the family name was Young. Exploring Ancestry brought it all back to life when I discovered six sisters (all single and called Young) one of whom would have been my grandmother, running the shop at 51 Hempstead Street in 1911. Wow!
Sainsburys And Hudsons
I also remember going into Sainsburys as a child in the 1960s when it was halfway up the High Street on the left, it had metal racks on the front of the counters to rest shopping bags on. The marble effect floors were a vivid memory also. I worked part time in the shop called Hudsons, after school and also on Saturdays, around 1974 or 75, just before leaving school. You could buy brown sugar from wooden drawers behind the counters, loose and put into brown bags. When the shop closed, it became a Wimpey burger place, at the lower end of the High Street.
I have never seen Hempsted Street but my Grandparents lived at 70 in 1891. Wish I could help with your picture request but sadly there are none in my fathers belongings.
Just A Young Girl
We used to live in Hempstead Street. My granfather was the local milkman. I often rode on the back of his horse and cart, does anybody remember this, or have photos of 20 or 22 Hempstead Street? I would love to have just one.
I can remember being taken shopping in the High Street, to Sainsbury's before it was a supermarket. There were tiled floors and walls, wooden counters with cheeses, cold meats and bacon, and the assistants wore their hair in nets or hats. There were seats for the elderly customers and nothing was ready-packaged.