Memories of Ashford
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 ...Read full memory
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.
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.
BACK IN THE 40s/50s MY DAD HAD A PLOT THE OTHER END OF THE UNDERWERE FACTORY THAT WAS AT THE END OF TUFTON RD HE HAD PIGS THERE IT WAS ALONG SIDE THE RIVER SO GOOD FOR GETTING WATER FOR THEM I USE TO HELP HIM HE HAD AN OLD HORSE NAMED DIAMOND THAT WOULD GET THE WASTE FOOD FROM THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN EAST HILL TO FEED ...Read full memory