Ashford, High Street 1901

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Caption for Ashford, High Street 1901: Ashford is a bustling modern town that developed with the railway, but it is also mentioned in Domesday. This old-established market town is dominated by the great pinnacled tower of its fifteenth century church, which is pleasantly situated in a square. Today, offices jostle near to the railway, Ashford International Station and the motorway.

An extract from Kent Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ashford


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 (...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.

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!

I can remember being taken to Ashford on Christmas Eve and visiting Rabsons toy shop in Middle Row It was a magical place for a small child and I gazed at all the toys in wonder. I can remember anxiously asking my mother whether we would be home in Pluckley before Father Christmas came!

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Caption for Ashford, High Street 1901: Ashford is a bustling modern town that developed with the railway, but it is also mentioned in Domesday. This old-established market town is dominated by the great pinnacled tower of its fifteenth century church, which is pleasantly situated in a square. Today, offices jostle near to the railway, Ashford International Station and the motorway.

An extract from Kent Photographic Memories.

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