Ashford, High Street 1906

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Caption for Ashford, High Street 1906: This view of the High Street is taken five years later, and shows little change and even less wheeled traffic. The double bow-fronted house has acquired an awning.

An extract from Kent Photographic Memories.

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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 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 (...Read full memory)

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.

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!

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Caption for Ashford, High Street 1906: This view of the High Street is taken five years later, and shows little change and even less wheeled traffic. The double bow-fronted house has acquired an awning.

An extract from Kent Photographic Memories.

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