51 Hempstead Street

A Memory of Ashford

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!

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