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Melvilles 1858 Directory of Kent.
ASHFORD is a market town and railway station, in the hundred of Longbridge,
lathe of Shepway, West Ashford union, East Kent; 53 miles from London by road,
and 47 miles by railway, 21 miles from Dover, 14 miles from Canterbury, 30 miles
from Ramsgate, 31 miles from Maidstone, and 26 miles from Hastings by railway.
It stands in a beautiful situation on the river Stour, and the surrounding
country is fertile and picturesque. The High Street is about half a mile in
length, and very wide. A market is held every Tuesday for corn, in the Assembly
Rooms to the south of the Old Town. Many new buildings have sprung around the
railway station. Beyond that is the New
Town. There is also a fine cattle market here on the first and third Tuesday in
the month, which is considered one of the largest in the county. The magistrates
hold sittings at the Saracen's Head on the first Saturday in the month; the
County Court is held here also. The church is dedicated to St. Mary, and is an
old and handsome building in the perpendicular style. It has been greatly
restored and beautified in the last few years. The living is a vicarage. There
is also a free grammar school here. The Baptist Society of Friends, Wesleyans,
and Connexion of the Countess of Huntingdon, have each their respective temples.
The population in 1851 was 5,007. Henwood, East Stour, Sprotland, Beaver, and
Barrow Hill adjoin the town. Ripton is half a mile east; Sparrow Hall, half a
mile north; Bybrook, half a mile north.
POST-OFFICE, High street - John Tunbridge, Post-Master. Money Orders are
granted and paid at this Office.
Public Houses in Ashford &
1911 census pub summary
TRADERS in Ashford 1858 Melvilles Directory
A to I ; J to Y
Jemmett, Pomfret, Burra, and Simonds, High street. - Draw on Smith, Payne, and
Savings' Bank, High street. Thomas Thurston, Clerk.
Branch of London and County Bank, High street.- John Drake, Manager. Draw on
London Establishment, 21, Lombard street.
Gas Works. - George Berry, Engineer and Manager to the Company, Marsh street.
Water Works Company's Office, Bank street. - Clerk, William King,
Inland Revenue Office, Royal Oak Inn. - Frederick Hill, Officer.
Police Station. - David Dewer, Superintendent Officer.
The Corn Market, High street.
The Pish and Meat Market, High street.
PLACES OF WORSHIP AND SCHOOLS.
Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, in the Villa.
Chapel of Ease, New Town.
Wesleyan Chapel, Drum lane. - Ministers, various.
Primitive Methodist Chapel, New Rent - Ministers various.
Girls' British School, Forge lane, Miss Hinckley, Mistress - Infant School, Mrs.
Charlton, Mistress. - Boys' School, Thomas Gortley, Master.
Large School, attached to Chapel, New Town. - John Garraway, Schoolmaster; Miss