Ashford, St Mary's Church 1969

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Caption for Ashford, the Parish Church c1965: Said to be one of the finest town churches in Kent, the parish church is built of Kentish ragstone and has an impressive interior. The tower stands 121ft high, and the church can seat up to 1,700 people. A famous curate was the Reverend Richard Barham, who later moved to Romney Marsh and wrote the 'Ingoldsby Legends'.

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

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I have really good memories of going to Stanhope Primary School along Kingsnorth Road, Ashford. Are there any old photos of the school? I know it has been pulled down.. such a beautiful old building.

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.

HI ITS TONY GATES I REMMBER SOME OF THE PUBS THAT ONCE WHERE THERE MABY THAY STILL ARE COACH AND HORSES ELEPHANT AND CASTLE SOMERSET ARMS WELLINGTON THE SARACENS HEAD THE SARACENS SHADS THE ALFRED ARMS MAN OF KENT THE DUKE OF MORLBOROGH THE BRITISH VOLUNTEER DUKE OF YORK THE CASTLE MARKET HOTEL LORD (...Read full memory)

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)

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Caption for Ashford, the Parish Church c1965: Said to be one of the finest town churches in Kent, the parish church is built of Kentish ragstone and has an impressive interior. The tower stands 121ft high, and the church can seat up to 1,700 people. A famous curate was the Reverend Richard Barham, who later moved to Romney Marsh and wrote the 'Ingoldsby Legends'.

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

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