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.

Memories of Ashford


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.

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.

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.

RE Photo 60335 - Sorry, but this photo is of the building that replaced the original Hospital built (circa 1890) in Station Road (formerly Marsh Street) a few doors from the Baptist Church and next to the town's Gas Works. The new Hospital was built as it was considered that the smell of gas was not conducive to (...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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