Ashford, Elwick Road 1901

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Caption for Ashford, Elwick Road 1901: This photograph was taken a century ago, and a world away from the same road today, which seems at times like a public motor-racing circuit - it is now part of the Ashford ring road. Again we see attentive pedestrians, and manure going to waste in the roof!

An extract from Hythe, Romney Marsh and Ashford Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ashford


I remember Rabsons Toy Shop, those old shops all along that street I think middle row the street was called, also we were told that a ghost was often seen above the Toy shop, not sure if that was true, I was to scared to walk past those shops at night.

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.

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.

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?

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Caption for Ashford, Elwick Road 1901: This photograph was taken a century ago, and a world away from the same road today, which seems at times like a public motor-racing circuit - it is now part of the Ashford ring road. Again we see attentive pedestrians, and manure going to waste in the roof!

An extract from Hythe, Romney Marsh and Ashford Photographic Memories.

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