Ashford, Parish Church Interior c.1960

Memories of Ashford


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.

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.

I don't have a memory of the Warren, but I would love to hear from somebody, who has got a photo, or just memories of the sanatorium, that used to be down the very end of the Warren. M20 now runs right through where it used to be. Thank you

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