Ashford, The Churchyard c.1965

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Caption for Ashford, the Churchyard c1965: This remains a quiet oasis in an otherwise bustling town. Here office workers can eat their lunchtime sandwiches in peace. The old building second door up on the left was once the town's Grammar School, founded by Norton Knatchbull in 1635. It now houses the town museum, which is open from April to October. Next to this now stands the Tourist Information Centre.

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

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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)

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 can remember being taken shopping in the High Street, to Sainsbury's before it was a supermarket. There were tiled floors and walls, wooden counters with cheeses, cold meats and bacon, and the assistants wore their hair in nets or hats. There were seats for the elderly customers and nothing was ready-packaged.

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.

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Caption for Ashford, the Churchyard c1965: This remains a quiet oasis in an otherwise bustling town. Here office workers can eat their lunchtime sandwiches in peace. The old building second door up on the left was once the town's Grammar School, founded by Norton Knatchbull in 1635. It now houses the town museum, which is open from April to October. Next to this now stands the Tourist Information Centre.

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

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